New Survey: 43 Percent of Parents Have Done Their Kids’ Homework

In a survey conducted by AskKids and released in late August, 43 percent of parents admitted to having done their kids’ homework. According to the Los Angeles Times, here’s what the survey found:

Forty-three percent of parents queried in a survey this month admit to doing their children’s homework at least once to ease the strain. Almost half the dads, 47%, owned up to doing the homework, while 39% of mothers did so.

Kids who hope to persuade (con?) parents into doing homework have a better shot if mom and dad are older. Of parents 18-24, 33% say they’ve done their children’s homework for them, compared with 45% of 25- to 44-year-old parents.

The survey of 778 parents, conducted for the homework resource website Ask Kids, showed that 84% of parents help with homework — more with math and English than with other subjects.

The survey was conducted by Kelton Research using an e-mail invitation and an online survey. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

If parents stopped helping their kids with homework (or doing it for them), teachers would have to stop giving it, or, at the very least, cut back on the amount. It’s a rare elementary school child who can manage homework without a lot of parental involvement and help. Just imagine what would happen if parents got together and stopped asking their children whether they had homework, stopped helping them do it, and stopped making sure that the homework made its way back to school. A little homework disobedience anyone?

287 thoughts on “New Survey: 43 Percent of Parents Have Done Their Kids’ Homework

  1. HOMEWORK Y U MUST RUIN MY CHILDHOOD? i understand it’s a good thing and it benefits me but COME ON! THIS COULD BE MY LAST DAY ON EARTH

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  2. i get at least 7 huge assignments everyday and i’ve reached my breaking point im going to be a cartoonist. you don’t have to be some super kid to do that

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  3. i am in year 9 right now and i am doing an assignment were we have to create a new law and this website and your comments have been a great help thanks.

    down with homework

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  4. i’m a sophomore, it’s 11:30 PM, mom tells me go to bed. I still have HOMEWORK to do! Well, wake up in the morning and do it. ok, so i’m gonna get six hours of sleep tonight…and this happens every night! When is it gonna end!!!!! I know homework helps, but we don’t need so stinkin much of it!!!!

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  5. i hate home work im in year 9 and do 5 lessons and day i want to go out a weekends with my friends and be with family but the teachers make us do so much home work its so hard no time with family no time with friends just WORK WORK WORK…………………………..

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  7. Hi I’m a 6th grade student at buena vista middle school and this article is about home work. I hate home work because it is taking up my sleep and other things. And for all of you home work haters like me we all say lunatics unite!. Some day we all will renegade, and rebel against all of the education system of the united states of amarica and make sure that all home work is banned forever. Home work does not benefit any thing it limits freedom of our 17 years of childhood, It makes kids more obese, it cuts in to all our sleep schedule, and like I said about rebellion we all will fight back against teachers and the education system and we will fight to the death until there is no more homework because we need time to play our video games, watch tv, ETC. And anyone who likes homework what is your problem. All kids hate home work. Because we stay trapped in a building for 6 hrs listening to the teachers blabbing away about something boring and then we are let free though we are given HOMEWORK the worst possible thing on the planet we want freedom and when do we want it NOW so let’s fight back against the horrible piece of paper we all hate LUNATICS UNITE!!!!!!! back to the horrors of homework those teachers think we are dumb when we get our A+s and recommend tutoring when we don’t need it

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  8. Matthew your right about the home work because nowadays teachers just want to give you mining truck loads of home work, detentions,F-‘s,in school suspensions, And demerits all the time like when I was in high school I just could not stand the pressure,the tension, and the stress I just dropped out and ran away. And now as a veteran motor stormer I just think of it as ancient history for me because all I ever do is ride my chopper and live free and I support all of you kids who hate all that stuff and a message for all you home work lovers and teachers You’re greased. So leave those kids alone because I’m the leader of the MVMC ( monument valley motorcycle club) and a veteran of operation desert storm And I encourage that you rebel and renegade against the Ed system and I will help fight back against the Ed system

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  9. it pisses me off how many times my teachers havent turned up to class. They say that they are marking students speeches from other classes. Thats fuckin bullshit. That’s their homework and they can’t even do it at home. If that happens again then I am not going to english anymore and when they ask why ill just say i had other teachers homework to do. The only thing homework has taught me is how lazy teachers are and how fucked up the school system is.

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  10. You know home work is such bullshit I think the teachers love giving out home work TONS of home work and Bull shit projects such as the state report it is pissing the kids and parents off you stupid fucking teachers saying I don’t give out a lot of home work I only give out 5 minutes of homework my ass it’s more like I give out 5 days of home work and an additional quarry truck of home work. They will show no mercy they give out what we don’t need on holiday vacations, Summer Vacation, The worst possible day of school ( first day of school), Minimum Days, And our Birthdays I mean Like WTF are you out of your mind you even give us home work as Christmas presents, And birthday presents because you know someday us kids are not gonna take it anymore and start a riot. Do you stupid principals, Teachers, And People of the board of education think this is funny soon it will cause us ” students” are gonna refuse to do your fucking time wasting, Obesity causing, Freedom Taking Assignments and we will fight until homework is no longer existing fuck who ever invented home work because you have made lots of kids freak out, Mentally break down and other things a kid would do if they had mountains of home work you dumb fucks and then you tell us to get fucking “Active” while we are writing on a piece of paper you are the primary reason pandas are an endangered species because you are cutting down their trees and bamboo trees stop cutting down trees you are killing wild life and those park rangers and smokey the bear are wondering where are the trees that used to be in those forests they live in and then the animals have to be part of circuses and live in zoos and wild life preserves you fucking dumb asses and you are the reason 25% of kids in America are obese

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  11. Dear teachers stop giving my child home work because right now he’s in a coma in a hospital and you all are still giving him the useless papers while he’s near death

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  12. You know I have about drawn the line with home work. Who ever invented home work they’ve just started a war they will pay the price for fucking up the education system kids used to love going to school but now kids hate going to school because they have to spend 6 horrible hours in a building working their asses off working for freedom and after those 6 hours they are let free with 100 pounds of it in their backpacks and then are forced to work even more. You inventor of home work you have just started a war against almost a million of kids so watchya gonna do start running? Or are you gonna face death? Tell us NOW or else you will get thumped

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  13. homework is so stupid because you get stuck inside. And because you already know how to do it and they just give you more.
    I HATE HOMEWORK AND EVERYONE ELSE DOES TOO!

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  14. I am a highschool sophomore who hasnt slept well in months. Homework has messed up my sleeping schedule. I get home and immediatley fall asleep. I then wake up at around 8 to begin my homework. My normal bed time nowadays is 3 AM. And the cycle continues. Please, give me a break just long enough to get back to a healthy lifestyle…?

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  15. Gina, a lot of students in my daughter’s pressure cooker high school had your sleeping pattern. My daughter is not a napper. When she stayed up very late to finish homework, which was frequent and against my rules, she’d go into school very tired the next day. Then she’d come and have to rinse and repeat. All on an extremely worn out body and mind. She’s not a napper. Which meant she was always doing her homework severely tired, which of course was a constant concern. If she did nap, which was almost never, she would not be able to fall back asleep.

    Yes, Gina, it’s a very unhealthy lifestyle. Which is why we here have worked so hard to try and change that. Better to get reasonable homework, be done before dinner, have a chance at just being a kid, and getting to bed at a decent hour. I am so sorry for you. It is not fair and it’s harmful.

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  16. homework is a waste of time and paper is wasted printing it out, and if its online, thewn it is still a total waste of time. My strongest belief is “Homework time is better spent doing what YOU want to do. Anyone who likes homework is a blasted nutcase. 😀

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  17. I don’t think schools would stop giving homework to you just because parents stop helping kids. They will just keep piling it on and then tell parents at teacher parent interviews how rotten the child had been with getting their homework in. Maybe the teacher should try doing all the homework, too. That would put an end to all our problems!!!

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  18. And whoever anonymous is above my last comment, I totally agree with you and I send you knuckles. (Thats a good thing)

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  19. Whoever unimpressed is I am extremely unimpressed with you. I have that sort of life in Inttermediate and it doesn’t make me like homework.

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  20. “Nerd Herder”, I think you forget that teachers have to take the time to plan, hand out, collect, grade, record, and hand back 30+ assignments. Sounds like more work than the students have to do…. And why would teachers stress themselves and the students they spend their workdays with if there was no purpose to homework? Why would teachers spend their free time planning assignments that would reinforce information and work habits if it didn’t help in the future?

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  21. I am a sophomore in highschool, and I am totally against mandatory homework in middle and elementary school. I remember that in 8th grade we got over 3 hours of home work( mostly english papers and social studies projects) to prepare us for highschool. I got to highschool, took all the most advanced classes, and got about an hour of home work a night. It made me so angry. What I really hate is that it is unnecessary. I could learn all of our material without homework, so what’s the point?

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  22. *sigh* hey i’m a sixth grader and i was doing reasearch for a debate. and i agree this is crazy i have a pile of homework left and my teachers will kill me if i don’t finish it. i have been up till 3 in the morning and i get 2 hurs of sleep and then 6 hours of school then homework AGAIN LIKE DERIOUSLT CAN’T WE ALLEAST REDUCE THE HOMEWORK A LITTLE BIT SO I CAN GET ATLEAST 5 HOURS OF SLEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. I am with the one above me. I have been up at 1 A.M trying to finish the project so I can have good grades only to have to be forced to wake up at 6 A.M. to go back to school I get 5 hours of sleep when I should be getting almost twice that amount.

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  24. Hey i agree this is nuts i have like gotten 3 hours of sleep before and trust youre head will like explode not to mention im a sixth grader and i need to pay attention and all the other things that good about school and homework. i don’t hate school but this homework has to stop!

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  25. I am in 7th grade and I am stressed out so I have like 3 projects at the same time then I have like 2 hours of sleep because i have literally 3 pounds of homework. I then lie down in my bed thinking that school probably believes that we do not have a life. I write in all my notebooks.
    Fun + Homework = No sleep
    Homework + Sleeo = No fun
    Fun + Sleep = No homework
    And it is true We can not have all three of them so we have to sacrifice one so that we do not go insane.

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  26. you should be able to relax and enjoy your day not sit home after school and do homework it takes uo so much time kids cant do sports that must be y every one is fat

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  27. Right now im writing a 1 page essay on a song. you don’t think that’s but it kind of is and i have no idea what to wright now and hw for me just gets me yelled at because i dont want to finish it in one night so if i can i do it in two but i cant say that or i get yelled at so ya hw needs to be reduced

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  28. I’m mostly a straight A student and I’m nominated at school for the Presidential Awards for Excellence or something, but its bogged me down so much. I’m in eighth grade and most nights I work past midnight doing homework. Sometimes I’ll fall asleep doing homework at the table or on the couch. My parents help me with what they can (not much), but despite me and my sister getting good grades as a family we don’t really care about grades that much. My parents say as long as I do my best. I’m so tired of it, though. I don’t have time to do anything – at all. I’m seriously thinking about going on a strike and I know my parents with support me since they’re tired of it, too. Anyone with me? ‘Cause a national strike would be pretty awesome.

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