Though helping your kid with his/her homework, especially math homework may be the last thing in our mind, it is important that you do so. It is interesting that parents are open to discussions about serious problems such as drug addiction or bullying but don’t pay much heed to the homework. Math could be troublesome for many kids and with math being required for almost everything around you in life, it is important to bolster the confidence of children when it comes to this area. And you can begin doing that by engaging your child in games, asking them to calculate the change while you are standing in a billing counter.
Simply draw from themes that present themselves in the real world that require basic math skills and involve your child in these activities to help them tackle math more confidently. Even if your child is really weak in math and you are actually thinking of engaging the services of an online math tutor to help him/her with it, your involvement is essential. You can begin by lending a hand with their math homework. You don’t even have to hold their hand completely and ensure that they do everything right. Instilling confidence in them is as important as getting them to sit down and do their homework.
Another thing that could be bothering most parents when it comes to math homework is their own fear of the subject. If math petrified you as a child and you simply let your child deal with his/her problems with it, it isn’t ok! You need to set aside your fears and work alongside your child. You could start with positive comments and bolstering their confidence every now and then. Your involvement in your child’s homework could make a lot of difference to their learning!
Patience is a virtue that is learnt as part of the parenting process and nowhere is it required more than when helping your child with homework. Being frustrated with them and yelling doesn’t help in the least. Parents need to keep in mind the child’s age and also remember that the adult brain functions very differently from that of a child and that for the child it is still a learning process. If you find the math very hard to deal with yourself, opt for online math tutoring and stay in the picture. Just getting your child a tutor isn’t enough, you need to be available when they need you.
Studies suggest that parents need an attitude adjustment when it comes to their kids’ homework and children who have parental support when it comes to homework actually do better than those who don’t. We suggest that you stay in the picture, help your child deal with his/her homework woes and if necessary get online tutoring help (in case you find it very hard).
How do you help your kids with their math homework? Or any of their homework for that matter?
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