What to do? The quick and dirty answer is “Don’t rain on their parade.” It is really important to get curious and excited for them and to not share your own dislike or horror stories of bad experiences.
It can be helpful to reframe our thinking and get curious about a topic just because one or more of our kiddos love it. And if you are so inclined, it can be an opportunity to get curious about what gets in the way of you enjoying math. Sometimes when we revisit an area we didn’t like or weren’t good at when we were younger, it can look different.
What got in your way?
– Not confident in learning concepts?
– Not doing math problems quickly enough?
– Fear of making a mistake?
– Didn’t see the relevance of it?
If you’d like to reframe your thinking, a good resource is Jo Boaler’s book, What’s Math Got to Do With It?
Or her video course How to Learn Math for students of all ages who don’t think they can learn math 🙂
And of course, many of the resources for my previous post are helpful here too.
You never know, math could look different in this decade :-). If the thought of learning with your child still produces too much anxiety, though, it can be helpful to barter or hire another adult who enjoys math to work with your child.
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