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If figuring out how to split the bill fairly at a restaurant is enough to leave you feeling sweaty and nervous, maybe you are not the most qualified person to help a young kid with his or her math homework. A new study, published online this week in the journal Psychological Science, confirms this, suggesting that kids internalize their parents’ math anxiety — and that when math-anxious parents try to help their kids with their math homework, it often ends up backfiring.
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In the end, the kids with math-anxious parents learned less math during the school year, and they were also more likely become more math-anxious themselves — but only if their parents had helped them with homework. "Notably, when parents reported helping with math homework less often, children's math achievement and attitudes were not related to parents' math anxiety," Maloney and her co-authors write in their paper. So if the parents who hate math didn't try helping with homework, their kids fared about as well as the children of parents who had less math anxiety.
Forældres matematik-angst gør børn dårligere til matematik - Videnskab.dk
Source: Science of Us - New York Magazine