Do you ever feel anxious about maths?
A recent study from the University of Chicago found that children whose parents are anxious about maths are more likely to struggle with maths at school.
The study showed that parents slowed their child’s progress when:
- they helped with homework and passed their maths anxiety onto their child
- they were less confident in explaining mathematical concepts
- they didn’t respond well when their children made a mistake or solved a problem in different way
So what does this tell us?
It tells us that as a parent you have a powerful role to play in helping your child to fulfill their potential in maths, and that starts when they are very young.
You need to :
- Develop an awareness of your own maths anxiety and avoid passing it onto your child
- Develop an understanding that making mistakes is part of learning and that there are lots of ways to solve a problem
- Develop confidence in explaining basic mathematical concepts and methods to ensure your input is productive
So do you pass your anxieties onto your child? Or are you a good maths helper? Take our Maths helper quiz to find out.