As much as you try to be the perfect parent and raise the perfect child, you’ll always fall short!
If you want advice on how to get your child to go to bed early; get them to watch less TV; always tell the truth or call if they’re going to be late; then you’ve come to the wrong website!
However, if you want advice on how to correct some common mistakes in relation to your child’s maths learning, then read on (and worry about the early bedtime tomorrow!):
Are you making these 5 mistakes?
1) Being negative about maths
Do you hate math? Did you find math difficult when you were at school? It happens! It’s OK to share this with your child but try to do it in a positive way.
“I was no good at math, It’s too hard-go ask your mum/dad.”
“Math can be hard but let’s see if we can work this out together first before asking for help”
2) Not praising every maths achievement
If your kid finds maths easy, we often take their maths ability for granted and fail to praise them. It’s even more important to find something to praise about your child’s maths when they are struggling.
“You’re not as good as your sister at maths.”
“I know you sometimes find maths difficult, but the presentation of your work is very neat-it’s important in maths to show your working out clearly, well done!”
or “This test score may have been a little low, but remember last month your teacher said your work is improving”
3) Failing to make maths part of everyday life
As parents, you know that you should read to your child from an early age, in the same way, start talking about maths as soon as they’re born and continue pointing out the maths around you as your child grows up!
“I’ll wait until a problem comes up before I do any extra maths with my child.”
“Let me help my child to feel comfortable about talking about maths and practise a little bit of maths each day.”
4) Making maths seem boring
Maths isn’t all about worksheets and memorization. Varying the type of maths your child does when they’re at home is vitally important, especially if your child’s homework always consists of worksheets.
“Worksheets and memorization is all my child needs to be good at maths”
“How can my child work with maths in a variety of ways?”
5) Not communicating with your child’s maths teacher
Sometimes parents just know best. Even if your child’s teacher thinks your child is doing fine at math but you’re concerned – do something. Talk to your child’s teacher about your child’s progress and start playing math games and revising the basics with your child.
Wait until the parent-teacher meeting to sort this out
Communicating as soon as problems develop and have your own suggested plan of action.
What maths mistakes have you made recently? What solutions have worked? How do you get your children to bed early? Tell me in the comments below!