Melanie Sykes has admitted she refuses to help her children with their homework, saying they're on their own.
The model and presenter is mum to sons Valentino, 17, and Roman, 19, with her ex Daniel Caltagirone but confessed that teaching just isn't her thing.
Speaking on the Sweat, Snot And Tears podcast, she said when a teacher once asked what she was doing about her son's homework she told them it wasn't her job.
"I remember going into Roman's school and it was parents' evening and they were telling me that he wasn't quite hitting the mark and his homework wasn't being done very well and what was I doing about it at home," she said.
"I'm like, 'Well I'm not doing anything about it at home, it's his homework! And you're his teacher. I'm not a teacher. I haven't got the patience to teach him – that's not my area of expertise'."
Mel said her role was to "hold him emotionally, feed him and give him some guidelines on how to survive life".
But she told the teacher that educating her son and getting him to do his homework was "your job".
Mel, 51, said she reckons plenty of parents step in and do the homework if their children are finding it tough.
But she said there was only one subject she'd lend a hand on.
"The only thing I do with Roman is help him draw something because he can't draw for toffee," she said.
"But ultimately, you're on your own mate. I used to say to him, 'You put in what you want out of it. You have to deal with it if it doesn't go your way'."
The star said her remarks actually went down well with the teacher.
She said: "This teacher actually said to me, 'When I grow up I want to be a parent like you.' Because no parents go in and say this stuff!"
Mel married actor Daniel in 2001.
They welcomed Roman in 2002 and Valentino was born in 2004.
However, in 2008 it was reported that the couple were separating and they divorced the following year.
In 2013 Mel tied the knot with Jack Cockings, but they split after less than a year of marriage.
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