SAPS 111 – Hate Maths But Want Your Kids To Love It?

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In this week’s episode

How to Raise your Children to Love Maths Even if You Don’t!

Ending Power Struggles Over Exam Revision

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Don’t Stew – Ask Sue Parenting Q & A

Q. Dear Sue, I’m struggling to help my little boy Mark enjoy maths as I simply don’t like it myself but I’m worried that I’ll pass that onto him. What shall I do? Petra Coulter from Balham
A.

Dear Petra 

Thank you for contacting me with you worries

First, I think you should refrain from making statements like ‘I never liked maths,’ or ‘I’m not good at maths’ in front of your son as he’ll pick up on your words & vibes around Maths.

Children pick up our attitudes in all kinds of ways, so you need to work on sharing a positive attitude with your child around learning – the important thing is to become conscious of how to integrate maths into everyday conversations and activities and make it a part of everyday life.

Talk to your son about numbers, shapes and patterns when you are out & about and that’s a quick & easy way to integrate maths into his daily life and to create a mathematically rich home.

Play maths games in the car or at the dinner table and give examples such as “guess the number, solve the mathematical riddle, add up the numbers on license plates and make Maths fun.

Weigh the bananas in the supermarket together, pour water into different containers at bath time – bake & measure out the ingredients together. Play shops with money & enjoy counting & taking away.

Play with Lego sets, building blocks, tangrams, jigsaw puzzles, and board games.

Just think out if the box eg if you are taking the lift talk about the numbers ‘Look, we’re riding up and down a number line. If we’re on the third floor now, how many more floors till we get to the 12th floor?”

These simple changes could make a huge difference to your child’s life. So relax, have fun & enjoy exploring together – just have the intention to allow him to explore his own strengths – he may even turn out to be a Chartered Accountant one day! 😉

If you need any further support or advice, please feel free to get in touch 

Love 

Sue

Q. Dear Sue my daughter has got important exams this Summer. How do I help her prepare? Roger Timson from Romford
A.

Dear Roger 

Thanks for contacting me, this is something that I think a lot of parents are starting to worry about as we approach Easter. 

Whether your child is heading for their SATs, GCSEs or A levels, exam preparation can be stressful, overwhelming and just plain boring. With most exams occurring just as your child gains a little freedom, they can easily feel frustrated and unmotivated, preferring to be out with their friends or on their Xbox. But with the right tools, strategies and techniques your child can learn how to balance their work and play, study effectively and get the best grades they can without all the battles, stress or worry.

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Hope this helps!

Love

Sue

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