An interesting article in today's Fiji Times raises an important issue - how much do parents help/hinder children with their homework? In the Fiji context i have observed that children are hindered from doing homework by school children being given many errands to run - buy bread, buy kava and so on. I also think there is sometimes a gap between parents and children if the young ones are very computer literate. Some parents are so busy going to choir practice or funerals that children's homework is the last thing on their minds. So I think the educator who made these claims isn't thinking of the general population of Fiji. Maybe some parents don't do anything at all but others are like hovering helicopters over their children and their schoolwork. Living with us are grandchildren and their father and me (grandmother) do take notice of their education at the local high school. In fact I'm a grumpy grandma a lot of the time insisting that homework be done, but there is so much sport and phones and stuff that take up their attention! I know of parents who almost write essays for their sons and daughters at university but that is wrong. Our task is to assist their learning in appropriate ways such as talk over the topic of their essays, point out internet sites that are relevant and by example show them how important language and maths etc. are to their future choices.