You may think you left math behind when you finished school. But if you have children, you’re in for a rude awakening.

Many parents have used Twitter to lament the days when their children ask for help with their math homework. Even if they manage to recall the skills they once learned, that may not be helpful in the confusion of common core math.

Fortunately, they’ve also found humor in the situation. We’ve rounded up 35 tweets that sum up parents’ frustrations with their kids’ math homework.

10-year-old: Can you help me with my math homework?

— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) February 9, 2021

Me: Yes.

10: *points to the problem*

Me: No.

I reassure my kids as I help them with their math homework by telling them I took calculus so I think I know a thing or two about being completely confused.

— Jessie (@mommajessiec) October 10, 2021

I don't scare easily but I'm petrified when I see my 3rd grader walking towards me with his math homework & an inquisitive look on his face.

— Jennifer Lizza (@outsmartedmommy) December 13, 2016

Here’s a little song I wrote about helping kids with their Common Core Math homework, it’s called “We Just Have to Multiply Two Single Digits Why the Fuck Do We Need to Draw a Parallelogram“ and a one and a two

— Rodney Lacroix (@RodLacroix) March 14, 2019

Okay, I’m not going to ask how you got there because I won’t understand anyway but the answer book says it’s correct so good job.

— Life at Tiffany’s (@lifeattiffanys) February 14, 2019

- me helping my 6yo with his math and nailing it

I used to be an atheist until my 8YO started asking for help with her math homework

— Vinod Chhaproo (@Chhapiness) September 27, 2021

My only real argument for having multiple children is that the older one will eventually be able to help the younger one with Common Core math.

— SpacedMom (@copymama) April 27, 2021

Store clerk: May I help you?

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) March 13, 2018

Me: I hope so. Sweetie go get your math homework, this nice woman is going to help us.

I’ve decided to let my son only watch TV for 3 more weeks because it’ll be better than the both of us crying over common core math

— That Mom Tho (@mom_tho) March 25, 2020

What wine pairs well with Common Core math?

— Jessie (@mommajessiec) August 24, 2020

10YR OLD: dad, can you help me with my math homework?

— Andy H. (@AndyAsAdjective) January 31, 2017

ME: *throws smoke bomb*

I don’t like to swear in front of my kids but I also don’t like to help them with their math homework, so I may have just angrily referred to fractions as “fucktions!”

— Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) March 12, 2019

Allie has 5 oranges, she gives 3 away. How many does she have left?

— ThisOneSaysBOOO (@ThisOneSayz) November 4, 2019

Common Core Math: Round up to the nearest 100, take away half. Draw a number line and count up 10. Do 15 jumping jacks while you subtract. Take away the sum of the quotient of the total to get the answer.

Just got my ass handed to me by my kid's 2nd grade math homework.

— Unfiltered Mama (@UnfilteredMama) March 16, 2017

Can't figure out 7th grade son's math homework -- despite using his book, Google, Wikipedia, and about five wine coolers.

— Steve Olivas (@steveolivas) October 27, 2016

Whenever I have to help my kids with their New New Math worksheets, I end up giving myself pep talks like some kind of Aaron Sorkin character ("I actually went to a very good school!") before I give up/google grade-school math tutorials. So that's what keeps me humble, Barbara.

— Nicole Chung (@nicolesjchung) September 18, 2018

*12 comes to me with math homework

— The Alex Nevil (@TheAlexNevil) October 4, 2021

12: Can you do this?

Me: Son, I got older so I wouldn't have to.

Hi sweetie, doing your math homework?

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) October 24, 2018

2nd grader: Yes, 27 + 41 = 68 but our teacher makes us [spends 30 minutes drawing number lines, groups of ten, shaded blocks, etc.] do it this way.

I tried to slow cook a pot roast this morning by plugging in the toaster, but sure son, let me help you with your math homework.

— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) February 16, 2018

You can’t make me cry; you’re not my daughter’s 2nd grade math homework.

— Jessie (@mommajessiec) January 28, 2021

Couldn't hate 2nd grade math enough? Try having kids.

— AparnaRC (@Wordesse) September 11, 2021

Let's get married and have kids so instead of going to happy hour you can make a boxed dinner while I figure out common core math homework.

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) November 3, 2016

[checking common core math]

— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) February 20, 2019

8-year-old: Is it right?

Me: Turn around. I'm definitely not going to Google this.

school administrator: we need something to make parents feel like complete and utter dipshits in front of their children pretty much every single night.

— JB 4Realz (@JB4Realz) September 25, 2018

guy who invented common core math: oooh, have i got a treat for you.

Murder By Numbers is my favorite movie about helping my kids with their math homework

— Sweet Momissa (@sweetmomissa) October 29, 2020

Me, to 10yo: The first step in doing your math homework is *starts crying*

— Jessie (@mommajessiec) October 8, 2018

You can either have a nice evening or you can help your child with their math homework.

— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) March 20, 2019

You can’t have both.

Before kids: I will never swear in front of my precious angels.

— MyQuestionableLife (@2questionable) December 13, 2017

After kids: WTF is this math homework?!

This new math will always leave me like #fourthgrademath #commoncore pic.twitter.com/rrhEb8Yjk8

— Nicole Blades (@NicoleBlades) January 15, 2019

'You are a strong, capable and intelligent woman.'

— Moderately Mom (@moderately_mom) November 7, 2019

I mutter to myself, as I use my fingers to count while reviewing my kid's math homework.

One day someone will ask my kids if they ever saw their dad cry and they will think about the time with the math homework.

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) October 24, 2019

13 out of 10 parents have difficulty helping their kids with Common Core math homework.

— HowToBeADad (@HowToBeADad) October 2, 2017

That wasn't a typo, it's the new common core spelling. No one understands it, but it's supposed to be better for some reason.

— Anecdotal Birthcontrol (@AnecdtlBrthCtrl) May 21, 2019

[homework]

— Rodney Lacroix (@RodLacroix) January 21, 2020

Child: It says "solve for X"

Me: Well, look at our clock with Roman numerals on it.

Child: Um. Ok.

Me: What number is "X?"

Child [counting]: 10.

Me: Right. X is always 10.

Child: OH OKAY. [writing answer]

Me:

Wife: You know they'll end up living at home right?

*Arrives in Hell*

— Jo Bean (@jobrowneyes) October 24, 2018

Devil: Here, help these 5th graders with common core math