• Christian Paul

Don’t tell your kids that you didn’t like Maths in school

Updated: May 21

Let’s face it, not many people liked Maths in school. Especially as an adult looking back.

It can be all too easy to look back on your years in school with disdain. We’ve all done it at some point. For some people, it’s Maths; for others, English.

But please, for the love of all that is educational, don’t tell your kids.

Don’t tell those little sponges that you don’t like Maths

Kids inherently pick up anything they are surrounded with – and I mean this in all forms: physically, mentally, emotionally, even spiritually.

Which means they tend to grasp onto opinions that they hear as well.

As someone who works with countless students each year, it doesn’t take long for me to see the connection, especially in younger students still in Primary School.

When parents openly talk about how much they struggled in Maths and how much they hated it, their children emulate them.

It’s almost systematic.

Children actually adopt the same opinion as their parents, often from an age where they don’t really need to have an opinion on it at all!

If you didn’t like Maths, I get it. But kids will copy what they see.

Which means that if you choose to be enthusiastic about Maths, English, Art, Music, or anything else you can think of: it’s likely your kids will copy you.

Which is a very big deal!

Students will eventually form their own opinion of Maths as they grow and learn more. Some will love it, some will hate it.

But typically it takes until around the age of 12-13 to have enough experience in Maths to develop this opinion.

In students who “hate” Maths earlier than this, I can almost always trace their feelings back to a parent who has openly said as much over the years.

It won’t make or break students, but it can definitely make their early years of schooling easier and more enjoyable

If students don’t like Maths, they don’t make the same effort to learn it.

And in a system where Maths is becoming increasingly valuable in the workplace as new and exciting career options begin to emerge, students can find themselves behind the 8-ball.

Simply due to a somewhat biased opinion.

So I send forth this simple request to parents as they watch their children grow and learn.

If you don’t like Maths, I get it. But don’t tell your kids.

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