Britney Spears recently revealed she’s going to be taking math classes so she can keep up when her older son learns pre-Algebra … and it’s not just celebs like Spears who need some extra help when it comes to understanding their kids’ school work. Of course, most of us non-famous folk don’t go so far as to return to school just for that reason. (Way to go the extra mile, Brit!) Instead, we turn to everyone’s favorite resource: Google.
I asked parents to tell me what strange, perplexing homework question or issue forced them to seek guidance on the Internet and here’s how they responded. Last names have been withheld to protect the intellectual reputations of said parents, but not the writers because everyone knows we have no shame.
“Mating habitats of giant squids. For a class on public speaking. (He’s a) junior in high school but I didn’t want him looking up Mating+habits without me there.” — Alexandra Rosas, Good Day Regular People
“For my second grader — Facts about Uranus — due to my laughing she used Siri.” — Allisan
“How to help a constipated bearded dragon poop. The bearded [dragon] was a class pet. It was also the beginning of my son falling in love with them. We have one of our own now.” — Miranda Gargasz, MirandaGargasz.com
“Multiplying using lattice method — look it up — good times — thank God 3rd grade is almost over!!!!!!”— Tracey
“Ancient Greek recipes. And then we had to MAKE one! It was weird but fun. (And surprisingly tasty! We made feta stuffed dates with honey and almonds.)” — Traci McNett-O’Neill, A Day in the Life of a Drama Queen’s Momma
“Last year in first grade my son didn’t know which shape was a rhombus for his homework. I asked him to go get a sharper pencil and while he was getting it I quickly Googled ‘rhombus’ on my iPhone. When he came back we reviewed the characteristics of that shape like I knew it all along. Who the heck remembers what a rhombus is 26 years out of school?” — Lisa
“Included in today’s spelling words that we had to look up were: telemeter & peradventure — two totally useless words today.” — Jill Caryl Weiner, author ofWhen We Became Three
“We looked up some gruesome stuff about venom (for a fourth-grade assignment). She was into it.”— Brian Braiker, slarkpope
“We had to Google ‘songs inspired by LORD OF THE FLIES‘ when my son was in sixth grade for a book project. Turns out there is an Iron Maiden song.” — Allison Slater Tate
“We had to look up causes of death in world leaders with my 6th grader. I suppose that isn’t too strange, but navigating the search results was quite the minefield, which, coincidentally, was one of the causes.” — Whit Honea of The Honea Express
“I had to look up the word ‘xylem’, which it turns out is part of the tree’s nutrient delivery system … I was really hoping [Googling my kid’s homework answers] would not happen in kindergarten!!!” — Anna