Math is nothing to be afraid of, but so many people are uncomfortable with numbers. That's why parents should start their kids early and teach them to enjoy math
Why are so many people scared of numbers? Some even feel fear so intense that it qualifies as a phobia—numerophobia or arithmophobia is a thing. These fears have to start from somewhere—you aren’t born with this aversion to numbers.
Teaching our children to be comfortable with numbers is important not only for their performance at school, but also opens up more opportunities to them. (How many people have you heard say “I would have pursued ____ if I weren’t so bad at math”?)
Here are some tips for you to teach your kids to love math.
1. Be a good example
Your kids are more perceptive than you think. They can tell when you’re excited, and when you’re struggling to hold it together. Azadeh Jamalian of the learning software company Tiggly tells Fatherly that parents can transfer their own anxiety about numbers to their children, so they need to stay relaxed. “Parents who think of themselves as not good at math, when they try to help with math homework, they transfer that anxiety,” she says. Show your child that numbers are nothing to be afraid of by being confident in your everyday tasks that require math.
2. Read math to them
Flintobox recommends “reading” math to our children, even when they’re just toddlers. You can use flashcards, books on numbers, number songs, and number stories. Doing this helps your child become comfortable with numbers.
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