Although math anxiety is not widely discussed topic enough, it is a widespread phenomenon. According to Marilyn Curtain Phillips, M. Ed., math anxiety is "feelings of tension and anxiety that interfere with the manipulation of numbers and the solving of mathematical problems in a variety of ordinary life and academic situations." Basically, due to things like the pressure of math tests and the fear of being embarrassment in front of their peers, many children will develop these feelings of anxiety and tension any time they are presented with math problems, and their ability to solve the problems will be somewhat diminished. Math anxiety often stays with a child for the rest of their lives, so it is important to start counteracting it early.
Here are some things you, as a parent, can do:
With the implementation of these practices into you and your child’s daily life, you can be a major force in counteracting any development of math anxiety in your child.