Hey Mum What's The Capital Of Budapest?

@wolfie34 (26894)
United Kingdom
October 11, 2008 4:03pm CST
This is a discussion for mums or dads with children or if you don't have children remember when you were a child and you needed help with your homework Do you help your child with their homework? If your child asks you to help them and you don't know anything about the subject what do you tell them? Do you take an active interest in your child's homework or do you let them get on with it? Do have time put aside to help your child with their homework, do they always come to you for help or do they get on and do it themselves? So how pro-active are you with your child's homework?
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@owlwings (36094)
• Cambridge, England
11 Oct 08
The answer to that one is 'B'! Yes, I have always helped with homework. "Oh, Dad, do I have to?" ... "Yes!" "Dad! What's 9 times 35?" ... "OK, What's 10 times 35?" ... "350" [with the air of 'don't ask such piddling easy-peasy questions'] ... "Fine. And 350 minus 35 is?" .... [silence] ... "Ahhhh! THAAAANKS, Dad!" It's really easy, really
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
11 Oct 08
The answer is B, very clever! You are on the ball tonight, ooops I say tonight, it's tonight here but it's probably a totally different part of the day for you my friend!
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@owlwings (36094)
• Cambridge, England
11 Oct 08
Tonight is t'night fer you 'n' me, Wolfie, babe. We's here in good ol' BST
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
11 Oct 08
If I had checked in the first place I would have known where you were, talk about being a daft old wolf LOL! Thanks for making me smile!
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@gabs8513 (48821)
• United Kingdom
11 Oct 08
Well my Children and I had an agreement I would only help if they wanted me to as both preferred to just get on with it, if I was not to sure about something my Friend would help out on the Homework lol
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
11 Oct 08
That is a good agreement to have, I always love seeing you respond, sweetie, makes me smile and feel warm, I miss you xxx Hope Gissi is ok xxx
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@gabs8513 (48821)
• United Kingdom
11 Oct 08
I miss you to Sweetie I am a lot on PL at the moment xxxxx Gissi is ok now you will find out what I mean lol silly Dog he is
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@gabs8513 (48821)
• United Kingdom
12 Oct 08
Hey there Sweetie how are you doing "gives a big Hug"
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@Humbug25 (12552)
12 Oct 08
Hey there wolfie34 Well as my kids are still only 3, 5 and 7 I can still be of assistance to them and actually they still need me to explain to them what they have to do. It will be nice when they get the stage where I can just let them get on with it but I know that shortly after that corner has been turned they will start asking me for help that I won't be able to give them especially if it is maths. I don't have any set time or day for doing it with them, usually just before it is due to be handed in!!
@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Oct 08
My mum always told me do your homework straight away as soon as you get home from school then it was out the way and I could play without worrying about it! At least now with the internet if you don't know you can look it up for them my friend!
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@Humbug25 (12552)
12 Oct 08
That is what I always tell my kids every Friday when they get there homework and it is the same thing every week, Monday night we are rushing to get it done to hand in for Tuesday, ok sometimes it has been Tuesday morning too!! Yes I will have the internet to help thank goodness!!
@ellie333 (21030)
11 Oct 08
LOL, I couldn't tell you, I was an A* student and passed Geography but know more about crop rotation and the Fenlands than I do about the world. I wasn't very good at helping my girls with their homework so I doubt I will be with my son. I will sit and read and brainstorm but I am not really much help other than making sure they do do it. I proof read my eldest daughters work before she submits it at uni and if it is a paper for the everyday person to read I will comment on bits that I found I didn't quite understand and try and be as supportive and as encouraging as I can be. I get invloveled with their project work more as I tend to be an ideas person but ask me an algebra question and they get a blank look. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
11 Oct 08
That's when the internet is at it's best, I wish I had the internet available when I was at school! Maths and English is my strong point but ask me a question about science and I will blanch for sure LOL! I hated science at school. Thanks for the huggles, returned wolfie style ;0)
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@owlwings (36094)
• Cambridge, England
12 Oct 08
You will know all about the three year rotation we have here, then, Ellie ... Carrots, carrots and carrots (unless Tesco want celery, of course).
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@nannacroc (4049)
12 Oct 08
I used to help my girls as much as I could with homework, that was when they actually told me they had some and were willing to do it. Even before they started school I took them to the library and taught them how to use books to find things out. If my granchildren ask questions I don't know the answer to I still look at books first before trying the internet. I have infinite patience when it comes to looking for information in books but none at all when looking on the internet. I don't recall putting aside time to teach my girls because learning isn't set to certain times and children tend to ask questions at inconvenient times but I always tried to answer tham as quickly as possible so I knew they were still interested in the answers. We always had problems with homework as we would start off looking for one answer and find something much more interesting to learn about.
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Oct 08
I was always in the library as a child and found it very useful and also a very quiet place to be as I could concentrate, I couldn't concentrate at home too many distractions.
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@kbourgerie (8782)
• United States
12 Oct 08
Funny you should ask that question. My son has been having a hard time this semester and the other night he had fractions to do. I had no idea how to do them, it seemed really complicated, but I looked up how to do them online and it was much easier than I thought. Turned out we both learned something new and now I can't wait for him to bring home his next math assignment. LOL. Who would have thought?
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Oct 08
I used to love fractions at school, even when I went back to College at 32 to take my Maths GSCE I couldn't wait to get stuck into them, I hated trigonometry, trouble is neither my mum or dad could help me with it and the teacher wasn't much good either! So it pulled me down big time.
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@makingpots (11928)
• United States
11 Oct 08
My child is too young for homework just yet, but I will be taking an active interest in it when the time comes. I never sought help from my parents with my homework. My mom was always too busy and my dad expected perfection from me. I learned early that I would rather figure it out alone even if it took longer than to be subjected to my dad's scrutiny.
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
11 Oct 08
My dad wasn't interested in me and would rather watch tv so it was always down to my mum, I wish I had the internet then to help me, I had no brothers or sisters either to help me either, so if mum didn't know I was off to the library.
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@pumpkinjam (4765)
12 Oct 08
Firstly, isn't Budapest the capital of Hungary? Anyway. My 3 year old doesn't have homework yet and my 8 year old usually does his with his dad. However, if either of them ask anything about anything or want help with things then I will try my best. I am good with most subjects anyway so I can usually help them. If there is something I don't know about, I'll find out or suggest they look it up on the internet or something.
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Oct 08
Well done you were the first person to spot the mistake, although Wolfie is quite embarrassed about it, it wasn't intentional, why did I get it into my head that the capital was Sofia? D'oh and double D'oh! Thank you for pointing that out! Maybe I should have looked it up on the internet as you rightfully said!
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13 Oct 08
I think Sofia might be the capital of somewhere else beginning with B. Hold on a sec... Aha... Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. Well, it sounds a bit like Budapest... maybe... Apparently, Sofia is a municipality but I don't know what one of those is and on looking it up on Wikipedia, I am rather confused but I don't trust Wikipedia anyway, it just happens that that's what came up. If only Internet was around when I went to school. Well, actually, I'd have probably done worse than I did because I would have had way too much information in my head!
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
13 Oct 08
Thank you Bulgaria, I was close with Budapest, you can tell my geography is appalling can't you!!! Thanks my friend!
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@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
well, i'm not married yet..but i do help my little brothers with their homework... i do help in everything mostly except MATHEMATICS!!! gosh i hate it soooooooo much and i'm so stubborn in understanding the subject... but in other subjects, i'm quite OK...but i'm quite hard in teaching as i scold and show such an angry face if my brothers don't read whatever i teach them...although, they hate me for that, but in the following day they come home happily hugging me for scoring in the subject! but, i do get headache in teaching coz they are naughty and prefer to play around sometimes... Smiley,
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Oct 08
I think I was the same I would much rather play than do something as boring as homework!
@balasri (26577)
• India
12 Oct 08
I do help my daughter in her homework.If at times I don't know the answer toa particular question I always say I don't know and take her to the internet and get the right answer immediately.I seek the help of the dictionary and thesaurus at times.It is so surprising how much we learn ourselves by helping our children in their home work.
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Oct 08
Another benefit of the internet, don't you often wish that the internet was around when we were at school my friend?
@suspenseful (40330)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
We let our children do their own homework. If they needed help, we would, but we would not sit down and write it out for them. We helped them look it up, and they were good at it, and if there was something they did not know, we would tell him if we knew about it. So we never did their homework for them and neither did my mother or father do for me. I had to do the research and looking up for myself. What they told me was nothing to do with the homework it was like extra curricular information.
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Oct 08
I used to go to the library when I needed help with my homework and it was a place of peace as well so I could get on with it without any interruptions like the television or the temptation to play with my games etc.
• India
12 Oct 08
My wife ysed to help the children with the home work, but I spent time with them telling them various stories. Theyalways reverted to me whena controversy arose ro they had a doubt about something. Theyalways thought "Papa knows best andis always right."Rather difficult to live up to that image.
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Oct 08
I wish my father had been the same!
@Pose123 (21675)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
Hi wolfie, Thinking back to when I was a child I have to say that my parents were very interested in helping me. My father especially was anxious for me to get a good education. Why my three boys were growing up, I always helped them with their homework until they reached a certain age, then I only helped if they needed it. There have been many changes in the way children are taught in schools, and I felt it best that they followed the teachers way of doing things. I was always there if they needed me and of course I always encouraged them to do their best work. I also assured them that they could do anything that others could do. I believe the best way to help children is to give them confidence in their own abilities. Blessings.
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@gemini_rose (16208)
12 Oct 08
I have four children, one has left school, he NEVER fetched a single piece of homework home, ever. He used to do it all at school so I never had to do anything with him. Then I have the next two in school, they are 8 and 6, they get about two pieces of homework plus reading each Friday, one is literature and one is numeracy. As they are only little still, I sit with them each weekend, usually a Sunday, and we go through it and if they need help I will help them. Sometimes I just want to take over and do it for them, but I do not I sit back and let them answer it first. I have just done todays with them actually and to be honest, when I first looked at it I did not think I was going to be able to do it. It was quite hard, for both of them, the worst ones I think are the literature pieces, they have stumped me a few times and really made me work my brain. I reckon I should take an English course or something, it is surprising how much I actually do not know. So maybe me doing homework with them is a good thing, I get to learn too!
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@ronaldinu (12456)
• Malta
11 Oct 08
I try to stay near my son to assist him in his homework. Most of the times I am directing to draw a neat line, erasing horrible handwriting and reminding him to write neatly.
@owlwings (36094)
• Cambridge, England
11 Oct 08
You are only just beginning, Ronald! Wait till you get to Higher Math[s] and Physics!
@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
11 Oct 08
Ewwww don't mention that horrible P word! I hated science at school and dropped them like a hot brick as soon as I could!
• United States
11 Oct 08
Right now, I'm home tutoring my daughter, so I'm very involved with her preschool/kindergarten work. Surprisingly, it's not that easy to teach a preschooler phonics or how to read. And it would seem the easiest thing to do. I can remember knowing how to read when I was four years old, but don't remember learning how to read! Isn't that weird. If my daughter has a question, we go to the Internet and do research. If she wants to know about whales or animals or anything else, there's such a treasure trove of knowledge online. And, I plan to use it! Thanks for the interesting conversation.
@owlwings (36094)
• Cambridge, England
12 Oct 08
Isn't it odd! I remember learning to write but not learning to read. When I was five (I think) I could do simple stuff like 'The cat sat on the mat' and 'Janet has a hat. John has not' ... then I got scarlet fever and came out of it six weeks later able to read grownup books!
@underdogtoo (9605)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
I would like to help my children with their homework but they hardly ask me. I believe they should do their own homework and do research on their own. Cheers!!
@cdparazo (5769)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
I am a very hands on mother. I help my daughter study and oversee her doing her homework everyday. The first thing that I do once I get home from the office is to check my daughters notebooks for any homeworks and assignments that she needs to do and the lessons that he had for that day. After we eat dinner, we then study. Surprisingly, it a sort of re-learning for me. I know my daughter's lesson everyday. I felt like a student myself. LOL!
• Romania
12 Oct 08
Well the capital thing is kind of odd because here in Europe everyone knows the capital of every country in the same manner people in the US know the capital of each state. But not in reverse. Anyway, in my oppinion children should be just hinted to the right answer so they can still use their growing little minds to become smarter on their own.
@sweetie1026 (1724)
• Philippines
12 Oct 08
I did help my girls with their homewok when they were just kids. I used to ask them then, the minute they get home if they have any homework. If they do, then i try to help them.But if i do not know exactly what the homework is about, i tell them right away.It is a lot better, telling them that you don't know anything about that subject than trying to show that you do know,