I don’t like math and my kiddo loves it. The quick and dirty answer is “Don’t rain on their parade”. It is really important to get curious and excited for them their and not to share your dislike or horror stories of bad experiences with your learner. It can be helpful to re-frame 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 maths. 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 fast enough? - Fear of making a mistake? - Didn’t see relevant
If you’d like to reframe your thinking, a good resource is Jo Boaler’s book “What’s Math Got to Do With It?
What’s Math Got to Do With It
Or her newest book
Or her video course “How to Learn Math”for students of all ages who don’t think they can learn math 🙂
You never know, math could look different in this decade :-=). If the thought of learning with your child produces too much anxiety, it can be helpful to barter or hire another adult who enjoys math to work with your child.
Many of the resources for my kiddo loves math are helpful here too..
Online Student Course – YouCubed