Children Catch Math Anxiety From Parents
Nervous parents helping with homework can compromise children's attempts
But the anxiety can also be a problem for adults when it comes to helping their young children with math homework. In a recent study of grade one and two students, Dr. Erin Maloney, a Canadian Post-doctoral Scholar in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago, found that math anxious parents hinder the progress of their children in math class.
The nervous feeling, as well as the often negative attitudes about math that come with the anxiety, are easily passed on to the children during homework sessions.