It’s About Numbers by Robin Gorman Newman
What is it about numbers that can be so challenging?
My husband is great at them, though it often consumes his life.
My son, who is in third grade, is hugely challenged by mathematics. And, when I spoke to a potential math tutor the other day, she commented how kids are introduced to math at a younger age, and really it’s in fourth grade that kids are expected to do it.
I don’t recall when I learned math as a kid, but it pains me to see Seth have such a hard time with it. And, it impacts our home life by causing added stress.
The teacher claims he does okay in the classroom, but when it comes to homework, he says it’s too hard. She commented that kids often act differently with their parents. No doubt that is true, but still, he knows he needs to do the homework, and that if he wants computer play time and television time, it has to get done.
The homework battle is one many parents experience. My friend Debbie and I were discussing it one day. Her son is older, and she said she’s sick of getting sick about his lack of motivation when it comes to homework. She’s read him the riot act, including explaining how he needs to step up to the plate if he wants to do well in school and get into a good college. He acts indifferent.
I’d hate for this to become a pattern with Seth.
What’s a parent to do?
Should we hire a math tutor? My concern is that it might feel like more pressure to Seth.
Kids do deserve downtime.
Is the homework just too much?
Children can’t excel at everything even though it’s expected of them.
Math wasn’t my forte in school. In fact, there were some mathematical subjects I despised.
To this day, I don’t love even having to balance the check book. In that sense, comes in handy that I married an accountant. Though I wish there was some alternative to tax season.
There’s gotta be a better way for him…and for my numbers-challenged son!