My oldest is in his first year of middle school this year. This has brought all sorts of new adventures, dances, better cafeteria food, earlier dismissal and ALGEBRA. Honestly I'd rather give birth to twins ( and I didn't have a c-section ) then do algebra. Really.

Example = If x is 24 and y is 7 what is the equation ?

WHO DOES ANYTHING THIS WAY??

( BTW the answer to the above is ( x+4) divided by 4 = y )

HA TAKE THAT ALGEBRA !!! ( notice I don't even know how to make the %$*^^@ "divided" sign on this freaking' computer.

Now having four kids I've already been through new math , old math, everyday math, mommy math, special occasion math, math cards and math tutoring. Math just plain sucks. What we really need is everyday mommy math for the real world. There , I'm going to invent my OWN math.

Lets see an example you say ?

Exhibit A

Problem 1.

Your in-laws are traveling 35.5 miles.

They are bringing 3 pies.

Your neighbor lives 1.2 miles ,she's bringing 1 pie.

Your brother in law is bringing sausage roll he is 25.7 miles away.

Sister in law A brings wine she is 30.2 miles away.

Sister in law B brings cupcakes she is 35.4 miles away.

How many rolls of toilet paper do you need for Thanksgiving ?

Now I can do this in my head - it's 6. How did I get to 6 ? Ok your unknown is the amount of children involved - which you didn't ask. There are 8 children which means AT LEAST 2 will drop a new roll of toilet paper in the sink and/ or toilet. You have purchased a six pack for the holiday knowing you may only get to use 2 but have 2 on backup like any good hostess. See ? ...wasn't that easy ???

Real math for real people thats all I'm saying !

POWER TO THE PEOPLE !!!