your child doesn't have to inherit your fear of math

Many of us did not understand math as children. As a result, our scores were low, our enthusiasm to learn new concepts ran dry and our faces were probably glum during a math class. However, no matter how much we tried to avoid the subject, we always knew that math was essential for everyday life.

Today as parents, we should aim to inspire our children. Our behaviour, habits, strengths etc. they look up to and learn a lot from us. But what about the distaste for math? Should our children get that from us? No, not at all. In fact, we are capable of equipping our children with the best learning system to build a strong foundation in math.

Here are a few ways to prevent your child from having the same fear of math as you.

1. Talk about your fear of math

Having a fear is perfectly normal, be it math or something else. You may have your reasons for not being able to overcome your fear of math. However, you can reassure your child that this is not hereditary. Explain to them that you had difficulties because your concepts were not strong. This will motivate them to get a firm grasp on the basics and become great at math.

2. Seek the right guidance
If you don’t have the expertise to guide your child, rope in a professional to do it. If you see that your child is facing problems in understanding the concepts then feel free to share your thoughts with their math teacher. The teacher can arrange for some extra classes for your child to ensure that they keep up.

3. Follow up on a regular basis
Keep track of your child’s progress from the very beginning. This will help you understand your child’s attitude towards math. If you feel your child is starting to enjoy math then appreciate their efforts. If you see that they face difficulties, try to find out the exact reason and let the teacher help.

4. Ask questions and figure them out together
Your involvement gives a sense of security to your child. Every time you watch television or go out, try and discuss quick, interesting math puzzles that may come up and solve them together. Check how they explain the puzzles and get to the solution.
For example, why do you add when you say “I bought an apple and a carrot” and why do you subtract when you say “My friend took away the carrot from me.”

5. Always maintain a positive attitude

Don’t let your fear affect your child’s math learning. If your child discusses a math problem with you that you do not happen to understand, allow your child to explain it to you. This will not only give them more confidence but will be the beginning of breaking your own wall of math fear.

Just because you feared math back in the day, doesn’t mean that your child needs to inherit this fear. Anybody can master math. All it takes is the right guidance and a friendly environment to grow in, like a Cuemath class.

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