“Why do I have to do this stupid maths homework
– I’m not doing it!”
This was followed by:
as an A4 Size maths exercise book flies frisbee style across the room.
I’m a former (is there such a thing?) maths teacher, a loving parent, and a blogger who gives advice to parents on how to support their child’s maths, so of course my children always happily do their maths homework?
If this has never happened to you then congratulations, but before you leave this page please leave your suggestions about how to avoid maths homework tantrums in the comments section of this post!
For the rest of you, here are a few suggestions of what to do when your child’s maths homework takes to the air!
Easy as it may be to add to the noisy display, keeping calm will show that you are in control. It also gives your child a chance to gather their thoughts (and also to wonder ” oh oh what’s coming next?)
It may not be maths homework, but think of times when you’re frustrated and just want to throw the report card, the telephone bill, or the newspaper across the room. Tell your child that you know that they’re finding their maths homework hard and that maths can be difficult. Give them an example of something you used to find difficult but worked on and now you don’t find it so scary at all.
Think of something positive to praise them for. A good maths test last month, a positive comment from their maths teacher, or even say that you were pleased how neat/quick/accurate their maths homework was last week or how you loved the fact that they were able to tackle xyz difficult maths problem.
Ask if they want you both to look at the maths homework now are later. If you have a preference, make the other option unattractive “If we do it later you might miss your favorite TV programme” but be prepared to give in on this one. Let them have it their way this once.
Make the time (yes I know there’s no time but try to find some) to sit down with your child and work through the work together. Try to get them to explain to you what they do understand before tackling the difficult questions. Finally, make time for your child to do some regular maths practice.
What do you do when your kids have a maths homework tantrum?
(This post also features on Works For Me Wednesday)