What is that one subject your child just loathes? The one that brings tears and frustration - yours and theirs. I have blogged before about Makayla’s math struggles. She did her math today and took over an hour for 18 problems. If she had worked steadily it should have taken probably a half an hour. After I graded the paper she had missed eight of those problems making mostly simple mistakes.
Her reaction was beyond ridiculous when I told her we were going to sit together to work the problems she had missed to figure out where things went wrong. She’s an emotional, stubborn, defiant child when it comes to math and it’s not been pretty at my house today. It stinks. I’m the meanest mom in the world, according to her, and math is awful, she’s never going to do math again, blah blah blah.
The thing that really drives me crazy is she will do math just fine for a few days, though it takes a while, and then we hit a day where it’s World War III again. I don’t get it. I really don’t. How do you get across to that child that some subjects are just non-negotiable?
Honestly it is not just the math that needs addressed. She’s grasping it okay when she’s calm. It’s her reactions. She’s over-reacting to everything math related and then her obedience and respectfulness goes right out the window. She is literally crying, wailing, yelling, and flat out refusing to do things. My solution so far works (she sits in the chair until the assignment it done), but it is not really addressing the heart of the problem. How do you handle a child who suddenly turns into a monster over an assignment?
Seriously, I need some ideas because too many more days like today and I will win the meanest mom of the year award. Help!