Math Pressure: Are You Pushing Your Child Too Hard?

As parents we all want our children to succeed.  We often feel that they have the ability to do well in everything, and that all they lack is a little motivation or energy.   As a result we tend to push our children to do better, to try harder and to do a better job.  This is true in all things, in all school activities and school subjects.   And of course it is also true in math.   Math pressure, the stress of math homework, the volume of math skills necessary to master a topic it can all be very stressful for children.

But how do you know when you are pushing too hard, or maybe when you should push harder?

There is of course no one answer.   All children are individuals, and all will respond in individual way to pressure and stress.   Math pressure and math homework stress is no different.  Most children will respond well to some pressure, but most will also start to show negative reactions if pushed too hard.

Here are some key signs that indicate when you may be pushing your child too hard and/or they're under too much pressure:

  • Your child seems depressed and does not communicate well.
  • Things that used to interest your child no longer stimulate him or her.
  • Grades begin to fall, homework is not completed, and your child displays inattention to school activities.
  • Your child exhibits antisocial behavior, such as lying, stealing and/or physical violence
  • Feelings such as restlessness, tiredness, or agitation become frequent occurrences.
  • You child refuses to cooperate, do chores, or seems to need much more attention
  • Your child has physical symptoms such as complaining about headaches or stomach pains

If you feel your child is exhibiting one or more of these signs, certainly you should consider changing your methods.   Take a step back and talk to your child about how they are feeling and where the pressure points are coming from.

Another option is to get some outside help.   Talk to a counselor about your child.   If your child needs help with schoolwork, see what additional services are available to provide assistance.

One option for to help alleviate math pressure is the GoldStudent math assistance program.  If your child is suffering from math stress, GoldStudent can help.   GoldStudent provides math help, builds confidence, and fosters a learning environment where every student succeeds.   Find out more below:

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Wednesday,  August 16,  2017

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