I know how long it takes to get dressed and so I can calculate when I have to wake up in the morning.
I can figure out if our car is getting good gas mileage.
I can figure out if I have enough money saved to by a nice toy.
I know what I have in savings and if that’s enough to buy the fancy shoes I want.
I know how many minutes it takes me to walk to my friend’s house.
I know that riding my bike to my friend’s house is faster than walking.
I know that in the past I couldn’t reach the middle of the dinner table, and now I can – because my arms are longer.
I can figure out how much I’ve grown in the past year by looking at my growth chart.
Copy your list and put it on the refrigerator, in the bathrooms, on the front door and next to your bed. When you find your child or yourself wanting to say, “I hate math,” instead say, “I can do math because ____” and fill in the blank with something from the list. If you need to, continue like this:
This particular math problem I’m working on is more challenging than what I already know, but it isn’t hard. I just have to figure it out. And since I’m smart enough to do all that other math, I can figure this out!
The behavior of changing what you say will have a positive affect on how you and your children feel about math!