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Slices of Life By Jill Pertler

October 2, 2013

Helping with homework
I am every parent. Or most parents. Or at least one of the parents who live in my house Ė which is one of two, or one-half, or 50 percent, but whoís counting?

I represent the good folks who live a normal life with numbers serving as a daily, and integral, portion. I can measure liquids and solids, calculate the fabric yardage needed for new kitchen curtains, follow the speed limit and determine the calorie count in a piece of cherry pie, but my kidsí math homework has me stumped.

I am doing my best, but I am an old mom with old math skills and an old calculator that couldnít create a graph or make a flower dance across its screen if its battery power depended on it. My homework assistance skills donít add up.

When you are a mom, quitting is not an option, so Iíve been honing up on vocabulary words like ratios, rates and rational numbers and itís making me feel anything other than rational. My head aches and my neck feels like itís stuck in a hypotenuse.

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