Max Greenfield has been openly sharing his homeschooling struggles over the last year, and unsurprisingly, his latest remote-learning story has us in stitches. In an interview with Kelly Clarkson, the dad of two shared that things went awry when he attempted to help his 11-year-old daughter, Lilly,
cheat with a vocabulary test she hadn't prepared for.
When Kelly asked Max if doing school at home had gotten any easier since the last time they spoke, he replied, "No." Kelly laughed, sharing that she felt doing schoolwork with kids is "the quickest way to make you feel like a moron," an assertion Max supported with his latest tale.
"My daughter came running out of her room where she does most of her homeschool and said, 'I have my vocabulary test.' And I knew she hadn't studied and she knew she hadn't studied, and I don't want to necessarily call it cheating as much as we decided to do a part of it together," he said. "We got into just the spelling section of the test, not the actual word usage, and we did the spelling part together. I sat behind the computer and I would write down the words and I would show her on a piece of paper."
Although Max joked that this certainly was "not cheating" and was, in fact, "bonding," both he and Lilly received pretty instant karma for their actions. "The really bad part of it — and this comes back to you bringing up the moron part — is, we didn't do that well on the spelling part," he said as the entire audience lost it. Kelly asked through tears and giggles if he helped his daughter fail her test, and he replied: "Yes. She's in fifth grade, and let me tell you something, these were not fifth-grade words, these were adult words. One of the words that I still don't understand . . . I misspelled astronaut."
Ooof, cheating is never the answer, folks!
Although Max may not be the world's best speller, he's decided to dabble in the world of children's literature, and is releasing a kids' book in November.
"The book is called I Don't Want to Read This Book — I think that could be the name of any book that's in my house when it comes to my kids," he joked. "The way that we describe it is, I think we all know that kid who always had a book in their hands . . . the one who just couldn't put it down. This book is for all the other kids."
Preorder a copy of I Don't Want to Read This Book here, and watch Max's entire interview in the video above.