Nearly two-thirds of UK parents with children at secondary school feel unprepared when it comes to helping their children with homework.
Insufficient knowledge, lack of resources and sheer lack of time are the primary causes of parental frustration, according to new research.
The survey commissioned by Microsoft Student 2006, also reveals that more than four out of ten parents (44 per cent) blame homework as a source of tension and family disputes in their household.
Maths and complex calculus create the biggest headache: More than two thirds of pupils (70 per cent) seek help for maths homework.
But a third (33 per cent) of parents feel completely unable to offer any tuition.
While 98 per cent of secondary school pupils turn to the Internet for help with homework, it can also leave them feeling overwhelmed. Two-thirds parents say their child does not always find what they need from the Web.
Melissa Dewick, consumer software product manager at Microsoft, said:" Parents aren't always able to act as teacher and tutor, particularly as children get older and homework becomes more complex."