Obamacare Pre-Existing Conditions

No doubt that the Affordable Care Act has prohibited the insurance companies from refusing insurance to anyone. Now the thing that comes into the focus is that people with chronic illness can get all the care they need that too at the lower cost. Now the question arises is that why the insurance companies are accepting such higher-costs patients? The reason is Obamacare mandates that every individual should buy insurance. Further, mandatory coverage gives enough premiums to the insurance companies from healthy individuals that let them cover those with pre-existing conditions. Some may ask why the mandatory coverage is necessary for the people. Actually, people will just wait until they got some health issues, before buying the insurance. Now, this is not how it works.

The health care plan of President Trump promised to retain the insurance of those with pre-existing conditions. The latest revision of Republicans to the ACA would allow states to refrain from using the conditions clause if they could reduce the rates without it. Now another question arises, i.e., what qualifies as a pre-existing condition. But before you jump into it, it is important to know about the details regarding these conditions. You can take this life insurance quiz and know in detail about pre-existing conditions. According to the insurance companies, they can rule that any test, preventive measure, can be considered as a pre-existing condition. This is due to the reason that 47% of the people with these conditions who picked private insurance were either charged a higher premium or denied coverage. It happened prior to the ACA.

Now the crucial thing that comes into play is how insurance companies get around it. The most important aspect to look at is, the insurance companies have found tactics around the ACA ban. They may also substitute lower-priced generics or may not list few drugs. Well, more than half of the Americans are not aware of the fact that the Affordable Care Act protects them from such ban. If you are the one with the pre-existing condition, then you need not worry whether you can afford to pay for your healthcare. To get more life insurance, health-related or a variety of quizzes, you can visit HealthIQ.com.

World Book Day

In the UK and Ireland, World Book Day is on Thursday 2nd March 2017, however did you know that the rest of the world has it on a different date? The small independent charity who run World Book Day in the UK have to arrange the event around school term dates, religious and public holidays etc, so that everybody can get involved without it clashing. A great deal of thought and organisation goes into the day, from designing the packs they send out to schools, to getting the companies to finance the £1 book tokens they give to each child, and all for the love of books and getting our children to love books too.

Most schools across the UK will be taking part in World Book Day in one way or another. Many will be having the traditional fancy dress day, letting children dress up as their favourite characters. There are so many characters to pick from, and therefore parents all over the land will be doing a bit of DIY crafting, creating some masterpieces for their loved ones to wow their teachers and friends with.

We can hear your panic already! Luckily for you our friend Boo, Roo and Tigger Too is a super Book Day costume creator and has some amazing ideas to keep it fun and effective. Whether your children want to be Darth Vader or Little Miss Muffet, she’s done it. Check out all of her ideas on her site – www.boorooandtiggertoo.com

On the other hand, if they’re Roald Dahl fans, Mummy, Mummy… Mum has some great ideas by herself and others over on her site – www.mummymummymum.com.

Do your kids love books or do you have a reluctant reader? There are so many ways to get children reading and learning, even those who really don’t want to. For little people, books are all about fantasy, imagination and listening more than reading, so things like Story Cards will help them create their own stories. Older children can use the story cards too of course: try giving them a task of writing you a story based on the five shuffled cards they picked from the pack, then read it together before bed; you never know, you may have the next JK Rowling on your hands. Or you could make the Brainbox Once Upon a Time game a daily game within your household; it is so quick but such fun and gets everybody’s imagination flowing.

FYI:- your Book Tokens can only be used from Monday 27 February–Sunday 26th March 2017 (inclusive), so make sure you plan a trip to the book shop during those times.

Where to use your tokens –
Check out Booksellers Association; they have a list of participating book shops. All major supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, most large bookshop chains such as WH Smith, Waterstones, Eason etc and many independent booksellers are participating, as are a number of school book clubs including Scholastic and Usborne Books At Home.

Life Lessons from the Paralympics

I read somewhere yesterday, on Facebook probably, that when a door closes, open it again – that’s what doors are for! Oh how true.

Quite by coincidence the children were talking about having watched the Paralympics on television, which opened a discussion about overcoming difficulties in life to follow your dreams. They were hugely impressed that people who lacked what they take for granted were so successful through hard work and dedication.

We agreed that it’s about perseverance: believing in yourself and not giving up. Not everything in this life will come easily to most of us – very little in fact – but that’s no reason to give up, and that’s a valuable lesson to learn early in life.

I realise I’m walking a fine line here, but I truly believe there is a happy medium between the tiger parent and the one who is too scared to push their child a little. Children need time to be children and they all develop at their own pace (my daughter didn’t really speak until she was two but was potty trained by three; my son, with whom I could hold a reasonable conversation at 18 months, may well wear nappies at night forever…) but we have a duty to show them the power of perseverance.

Driving home in the car during the first week of the new term, my daughter (now in Year 1) was bemoaning her new ‘workload’ and was telling the little one how lucky he is to be in nursery. When quizzed more deeply she actually admitted to having enjoyed her new classes and all the new information she was taking in.

The step up each year should be a challenge and I can help by making that transition as smooth as possible. I’ve found that creating a routine around the new expectations has really helped my daughter to adjust. For example, homework is done during peak attention times (i.e. not at 6pm just before dinner) and good effort is rewarded at home as well as at school. Working together to ensure she has the right kit for each day at school makes her more responsible and confident in self-care.

It’s not all about the academic side of course, and we are lucky in that the extra-curricular activities at school are so good. My daughter is around the middle of her class academically, but passionate about dance and swimming. My role as a parent is to encourage her to keep focused on her school work whilst sharing and supporting her to develop her talents in the areas where she excels.

That’s really what it’s all about – finding the pearl in your oyster, so to speak, and nurturing it. There are a few of us who really are geniuses but for the vast majority (parents and children alike) we do best in the subjects we enjoy. Yes, we need to work hard and give of our best in all we do, but we should never underestimate the confidence boost that results from success in the things we love.

This is the beginning of a new school year. It’s a time of change and of opportunity; the opportunity to discover new interests, new friends and new challenges to overcome. It won’t be plain sailing all the way but by keeping the communication going, between parents, teachers and children, obstacles can be spotted early and solutions uncovered to help minimise problems.

Einstein, Caesar and Richard Branson – all dyslexic, all (I think we can safely agree) pretty darn successful! It’s important to remember that the things our children struggle with are a challenge to be overcome, never an excuse, but equally don’t sweat it if your child has trouble with a particular subject; help them to persevere but also find the one thing they really enjoy and help them to achieve success there.

We’re here to raise happy, healthy, confident and well-rounded individuals and the key to that is helping them to be successful in whatever area they choose.

Sophia Lee-Spencer is a blogger, mother-of-two and staunch BrainBox fan.

5 Top Benefits of Teamwork in Nursing

The modern healthcare industry is built around an approach where the prime focus is on multidisciplinary care. An extensive variety of healthcare is provided when nurses, physicians, and specialists work together closely. The chain of commands follows like this; the Senior Nursing Manager is on top, director of nursing in higher and nurse manager is middle, while on the entry level are advanced practice nurse and charge nurse.

All these medical folks work jointly to provide well-ordered care for the patients. Thus, teamwork is extremely important to provide the successful communication and effective results.

  1. Best Patient Satisfaction and Positive Results

Medicinal services experts serve patients not as individual suppliers, but rather as multidisciplinary groups. These groups consist of nurses, hospital’s general care physicians, and its specialist. As it is preferred by the nature of their jobs, every person in the group has to cooperate toward the shared objective of maintaining the patient’s health and giving the most astounding conceivable level of care. Wayne Robson who works as a team leader at Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust tells in research which was published in Nursing Times, that team working and support is directly proportional to a patient’s wellbeing.

When nurses discuss consistently with the patient’s doctors and specialists, they can offer a more customized level of care. Because of their constant everyday cooperation with patients, nurses are regularly mindful of moment points of interest that in general, bustling doctors may miss in their rushed rounds. Nurses can also make generate critical questions to provide best suggestions for managing patient’s well being.

2.       High Level of Job Satisfaction

Nursing is a tiring job; it can leave them completely burnout if they do not experience a high level of job satisfaction. According to a study by the international journal of Research in Medical Sciences, the nurses who are happy with their work provide better health care. This was proved further when The Society for HRM concluded that effective teamwork is directly linked to the higher level of job satisfaction. In hospitals were nurses and other medicinal personnel worked jointly, employees are much more satisfied with their daily jobs. In general when nurses are given a chance to communicate with coordinated teams, perform better.

3. Higher Professional Accountability

According to Nurse Journal teamwork is directly proportional to accountability in nursing. Nurses who have supervisors on their groups or accomplices who check and evaluate their work normally have greater responsibility. Sorted out chains of communications inside these groups help impart persistent protestations or occurrences viably to the individuals who are in a position to roll out important improvements. This is crucial in the health services field, where mistakes can dramatically affect patient satisfaction results.

4. Lower Rates of Job Turnover

High employee turnover, in general, is such a huge problem in every organization. According to surveys, the rate of nurses’ turnover was 16.2% in 2016 in hospitals. In the hospital where employees have higher job satisfaction, the turnover rate is relatively low. As mentioned previously, teamwork is a major factor behind the lower turnover rate.

5. Improved Engagement in organization

If a nurse is very engaged in the organization, chances of higher motivational level and health care increases. Teamwork is crucially important for nurses and other medical professionals. If you want to purse the leadership qualities, you need to consider obtaining an advanced course or a degree in nursing. This degree will provide you inside knowledge about working in a team and how to enhance leadership qualities.

Breast Milk Jeweller to Refund Customers

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- A breast milk Jewellery production company situated in Rhode Island has been mandated to repay its clients and return the numerous bags of breast milk belonging to them having failed to fulfil her part of the bargain in almost two years.

Reports from WPRI-TV revealed that the Judge of a Superior Court in Rhode Island has this week passed judgment and an interim constraining order against Allicia Mogavero and her company “MommyMilk Creation.” This year, the Office of the Attorney General of state petitioned the breast milk jewel company haven received numerous grievances from customers who all claimed to have sent bags of their very own breast milk to the Westerly-based organisation in return for their goods but have had to wait for about two years without a feedback from the Jewellery company.

The station then mandated Mogavero to reimburse 114 clients of the company resident in the country and as far-off as Singapore with a sum of $15,000. The company reassures it clientele on its website, “We are working assiduously, and every single outstanding order is going to be completed from this moment.


How to make revision fun

From SATs up to GCSEs and beyond, like it or not, tests are now a big part of our children’s lives. They come thick and fast, and it’s easy for them to feel bogged down in getting ready for tests. But it needn’t be a slog, full of angst and arguments, and with a bit of thought and imagination revision can, dare I say it, actually be quite enjoyable and give your children a real sense of achievement.

Get online
There are ways to revise that are much more effective – and fun – than having your head stuck in a book for hours on end. Take the internet – children love it, so why not encourage them to use it to help their revision? Teachers will be happy to point you in the direction of the best sites if you’re not sure where to look. An online video, an activity, even a multiple choice test are great ways to help those facts sink in.

Bring some colour to it
Any excuse to use a variety of coloured pens is also a good idea. My eldest has created some elaborate mind maps to help with her revision, carefully colour-coded and written in her best handwriting.  And while sticking these up on the wall temporarily may mean obscuring Ben 10 or Niall from One D, it will help to reinforce the message.

Rhyme and reason
Making up silly rhymes or mnemonics to remember things is another fun idea. “Big elephants can’t always understand small elephants” is the classic for “because”, while I still use the sing along spelling of “necessary” that a friend’s mum once taught me – n e, c e, double ss a r y.

Points mean prizes
It’s a good idea for parents to get involved in revision too. You can take your children on in a head-to-head quiz about what they’ve learnt – a bit of chocolate as a prize can have dramatic effects on how hard they work.

You can take this a step further by having friends round to revise before taking part in a ‘University Challenge’ style quiz with two teams and you taking the role of Jeremy Paxman!

Making learning fun
And of course, there are a whole range of BrainBox games that are perfect for revision. So why not help your children brush up on their French vocab with a BrainBox Let’s Learn French, for instance.

For older children, it’s worth having a chat about why exams and revision matter and why it’s important to get a good, all round education, including learning about things such as quadratic equations or tectonic plates, which they may never come across again .

There are a few basics worth considering, too. Whatever they say, Twitter isn’t a revision aid, and older children might want to come up with a revision timetable. Regular breaks are important, as is getting out to play, getting fresh air and meeting up with friends. Revision shouldn’t mean a complete shutdown, a battening of the hatches to the exclusion of other things they enjoy.

And remember, at the end of the day, it is just a test.

Earlier this year a letter from an Australian head teacher to her eight and nine year old pupils in the run up to their first tests caused an internet storm – for all the right reasons. “There is no one way to ‘test’ all of the wonderful things that make you, YOU!,” the letter concluded, having talked about all those skills the test wouldn’t cover, such as singing, dancing or speaking with confidence in front of the class.

In this day and age, tests do matter, and parents have an important role to play in helping children to revise. But we also have to help keep things in perspective, too.

Types of Learning Styles: An Overview

Our friends at www.brightminds.co.uk share their insights on how our children learn, with a great little learning styles quiz you can complete with your child. Enjoy!

For years now, psychologists have agreed that there are distinct ways that children and adults prefer to learn.

A learning style refers to a person’s unique approach to learning. Everybody looks at and understands the world in slightly different ways. This means that individuals pick up, learn and remember information in different ways. How an individual learns important information is known as their learning style.

The most common learning style model that teachers and parents tend to be familiar with is the VARK model. This refers to Visual, Auditory, Reading/writing and Kinaesthetic learning styles. Here we have based our seven learning types on a recognised model that takes a broader view of the well-known four styles.

The seven different learning styles are: visual learners, auditory learners, physical learners, verbal learners, logical learners, social learners and solitary learners. It is likely that one of these styles will be a best fit for you or your child. However, it is common for children to have a mixture of two or more learning styles. Additionally, children may change their learning styles over time. There is no better or worse learning style for your child to have. Equally, it is not better or worse to have one learning style or a mixture.

Visual – Look and Learn

Visual learners prefer to use pictures, diagrams and images and have good spatial understanding. Such learners tend to visualise information and will easily remember something that they have seen, such as writings on a whiteboard or drawings.

Auditory/Aural – Hear and Learn

Aural learners enjoy listening to sounds and have a good sense of rhythm. Often, aural learners will speak or read out loud to help them remember information. Aural learners’ ability to hear different sounds easily might make them good at music or foreign languages.

Verbal – Learn with words

Verbal learners are those who use either spoken or written words to help them learn information. Such learners also tend to think about the meaning of words and prefer things to be written in an explanatory paragraph, rather than in a chart or diagram, which a visual learner might prefer.

Physical – Do and Learn

Physical learners like to use their hands, body and sense of touch when they are learning. Physical learners may be able to remember the details of an object or model they have held in their hands or been able to touch.

Logical – Learn with systems

Logical learners tend to follow a rational approach and easily understand systems and sequences. Such learners thrive when they see how things link to each other and work together.

Social – Learn with others

Social learners may lack focus when they work alone but do well when they work in a group or with a partner. As group work helps children to develop good communication and listening skills, social learners can also be very engaged when simply listening to a person give a presentation.

Solitary – Learn when alone

Solitary learners may struggle to work in a group but thrive when they work by themselves. Such learners may enjoy teaching themselves new skills or finding things out for themselves, rather than asking another person.

It is helpful for each child’s current learning style or styles to be identified. Knowing your child’s learning style can help you to support your child, allowing them to get the most out of their education. Each learning style lends itself to different learning techniques and using a variety with your child can only enhance their learning.

Identify your child’s learning type by reading the descriptions above or discover your child’s learning type now with our fun learning style quiz!

Then start thinking about how you can help your child to learn in the style that best suits them.

From Maths hater to Maths lover

Dave, a friend of The Green Board Game Co, recalls his journey from Maths hater to Maths lover and shares some thoughts on how to get your child on the same road…

So your child hates Maths. I can understand that, I really can. That was me; a skinny, playful boy who just wanted to get outdoors or get stuck into a great book.

What was the point of Pythagoras’ Theorem? Who really cares about natural numbers and integers? And don’t even get me started on that Maths teacher favourite: “Can you explain how you reached that answer?”
Frustrating. Impenetrable. Pointless.

Those were the three words that my 9-year old self would have used to sum up Maths. In fact, in my mind the only ‘point’ of Maths class was to find new uses for my fountain pen. I’ll let your imagination run wild on that one…

Reversing the equation
Wind the clock forward 25 years and here I am – a (slightly less skinny) young man busy poring over budgets, analysing quantitative survey data, devouring website statistics, and calculating odds based on previous trends.
And absolutely loving it.

So what happened to turn this self-confessed Maths ‘hater’ (who languished in the bottom Maths group throughout Secondary School) into a self-styled Maths ‘lover’ (who’s happy to admit he gets quite excited by percentages)?

Along the yellow brick road to my Emerald City of Maths there have been a number of essential signposts; big things that helped me gain a new perspective on those previously unfathomable numbers. If your child is anything like I used to be, they might find them helpful too.

The constant companion of statistics
Want to know what made me first realise that Maths could be friend, not foe? Baseball. Strange as it might sound, growing up in America as a boy with a natural interest in sports meant that before long the numbers behind the game began to capture me.

Watching the rise and fall of batting percentages, tracking win/loss percentages, working out the Average Earned Run ratio (OK, I’ll stop now) – it was all part of the fabric of the sport I loved. When my focus turned to football (of the round and kickable variety), my accidental friend followed me too. Now it was about points needed to qualify for Europe, goal difference, goals per game ratio… you get the general idea.

Because of my love for sport, I learned to love statistics – the constant companion of pretty much any competitive activity.

Show me the money!
I remember standing at the sweet shop – sweets counted and in the bag, coins in hand… and not having enough of one to pay for the other. It was gut-wrenching, embarrassing even. I had made a miscalculation – a school-boy error, if you will – and my sweet tooth would end up paying for it.

It was the beginning of a dawning realisation that there was a point to Maths: budgeting. Since that early coinage faux pas, I’ve learned to master the money I have in my hand in order not to be caught out – whether pocket money, student loan, early marriage budget, or workplace sales forecasts.

I’m pretty sharp on the numbers now, because I know that they matter – for my stomach, and other important areas of life.

Making numbers beautiful
On my bookshelf at home is a book called Information is Beautiful. It’s a collection of some of the most beautiful, clever and interesting pictorial depictions of data. Sometimes unimaginatively called ‘Infographics’, these pieces at their best can be a magical blend of cold, hard data with warm, soft art forms (click here to see some examples).

They serve as a reminder that the world of Maths, when touched by the world of Art, can in fact be beautiful. What at first seems so literal, linear, and limited can actually be lovely. It’s a revelation that has allowed a number of people I know – those who see the world in picture form – find a doorway into another world.

That’s a quick glimpse of the journey I’ve been on with this strange companion called Maths. Let’s be clear, I’m not about to take up an Applied Mathematics professorship at Cambridge, but I can genuinely say my perspective on this subject has been turned around 180 degrees.

So, if outbursts like “I hate Maths!” are common in your home, my hope is that your child might follow a similar trajectory to mine – from Maths hater to Maths lover.

The 12 BrainBox Days of Christmas

You’ve sung the carols and watched the nativity play, now you’re looking forward to two weeks with the whole family and wondering how you’re going to keep everyone amused. After all, there’s only so much eating, television watching and wet, windy walks you can take!

Here are our very own 12 BrainBox Days of Christmas to keep the whole family entertained. If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, these might just do the trick…

BrainBox Roald Dahl is a whizz-banging, fizz-gurgling whirlwind of all that we love most about his wonderful creations. Our game features Dahl’s unique way with words, combined with Quentin Blake’s unforgettable illustrations, to bring the BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Enormous Crocodile roaring to life.

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One of the most hilarious new games to hit the shelves, Speak Out is a bit like trying to talk about your holidays while you’re at the dentist! Players fit a lip retractor and have to read a phrase from a selected card. Imagine trying to say ‘he’s my stealthy pet ferret named Garrett’ without being able to close your lips…

Our most popular board game, Qwirkle is as simple as matching colours and shapes but also requires tactical manoeuvres and well-planned strategy. Using the tactile wooden blocks, score points by building lines that share a common attribute, either colour or shape. Sounds simple, but imagine how much harder it could be once Granddad’s had his Christmas tipple and tries to help!

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Simply one of the funniest games we’ve seen since we played Twister at the office party, Pie Face does exactly what it says on the tin. Put a blob of whipped cream or a wet sponge on the ‘hand’, and turn the handle for a Russian Roulette style game of chance – you get a point for every turn of the handle without getting splatted!

Teaming up with Horrible Histories, we bring you the most gruesome collection of Villains ever to walk out of the London Dungeon. Featuring historical horrors from Vlad the Impaler to Jack the Ripper, BrainBox Horrible Histories Vile Villains combines the art and black comedy of Horrible Histories with our classic BrainBox format. One for the young teens this Christmas!

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Bananagrams, packaged as neatly as the fruit of its namesake (what a great idea, a fruit that comes in its own lunchbox), is like a mad cross between Scrabble, crosswords and Boggle! Once the timer starts, players race to build word grids with their letters. It’s a great way for children to start exploring letters and words, and it’s just as much fun for the rest of the family.

Who could forget that baby iguana and the snakes on Planet Earth II? Here at BrainBox we’re passionate about learning more about the natural world, and here are three of our most popular classics: BrainBox Animals, Nature and Predators. Find out about elephants and gorillas, the Amazon Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, and face your fear of snakes, sharks and spiders!

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After all that excitement, we’ve got another hilarious word game for you. In Obama Llama the trick is to describe the thing that rhymes with the celebrity you’ve picked. So how would you describe or act out Fred Astaire dancing with a bear? There’s even a whole card devoted to Tom Cruise!

A very popular game for us, combining eight different categories including Food and Drink, People and Places and Entertainment, the BrainBox Board Game is a real family favourite. Special squares allow you to pick your own subject category, battle against another player or gamble the cards you hold already in order to win the game. You might want to avoid the Food and Drink category just after Christmas dinner though!

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Now available in many different guises including Disney, Star Wars and even Guildford, Monopoly is probably one of the most played board games in history. Monopoly is a great way to teach children how to handle money and become property tycoons, but has arguably also been the root of endless family quarrels for generations. Remember that time Dad put a hotel on Mayfair?

Probably our bestselling classic game, and one of our first, BrainBox The World is a whistlestop tour of 71 countries. Our beautifully illustrated cards hold a treasure trove of information and useful facts and are a wonderful way of introducing children to the very best this world has to offer. Where else could you find out about Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, kangaroos and the Tour de France in one place?

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Last but by no means least is another classic and rival to Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit. Now available in many different forms, we’ve picked the Family Edition, recently updated and now in a simpler and more accessible format than ever before. In this edition there are two sets of cards, ‘adults’ and ‘kids’, so the older generation don’t need to worry about getting questions on Justin Bieber!

Maths: No More Fear and Loathing

Jenny Laurie is an advanced skills teacher in mathematics and leader of The St Marylebone School Maths Hub – a national centre of excellence in maths education and training. She shares her thoughts on how parents can shed their apprehensions about maths, and help their children do the same.

“I simply don’t have that elusive maths gene”. This is what many of us parents are tempted to think when facing the challenge of helping our child with their maths homework.

Contrary to popular belief, the skills that you need to be numerate are not actually inherited – they are grown through practice. Evidence from the American psychologist Carole Dweck reveals that it is our mindset, rather than our ability or talent, that leads to success in maths.

Dweck’s basic idea is that there are two types of mindsets that people adopt when learning – fixed or growth. When we view our ability to do maths as ‘fixed’, it has a negative impact on our performance. So when we cannot solve a maths problem, we interpret it as confirmation that we have reached our mathematical limits, and assume there is nothing we can do about it. By contrast, when we adopt a growth mindset, we move from “I can’t do it” to “I can’t do it…yet”.

As a teacher, I meet many children who have been turned off maths at a young age simply by being told that they just “don’t have what it takes” to be good at the subject. We work hard in our school to change this mindset and, by following a few simple tips, you can combat this message at home – ensuring maths doesn’t become a subject filled with fear and loathing.

Point out the maths in the everyday
Take every opportunity to include your child in everyday activities involving maths and numbers. Get them to help with paying for shopping and counting the change. Get them to measure out ingredients for cooking; ask them to read timetables when you travel on public transport. This will not only get them to see the maths everywhere they go, but will also get them asking questions about how life is organised with numbers.

Be positive about maths!
I meet many parents who have had a bad experience with maths; some say things like “I hated maths at school” or “I was never any good at it”. This leads their children to take on many of those same feelings.

Students who have the most success in maths are those whose parents; despite their own experiences, are positive about maths. They are not scared about maths and are willing to learn alongside their child, showing them how important it is to their child’s future. You may feel that your skills are not up to scratch to be positive in helping with maths homework. Help is at hand though, through the National Numeracy Challenge (www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk) – set up in part to enhance parents’ skills and get them feeling more confident in supporting their child’s learning.

Praise effort rather than talent
This shows your child that, by working hard, they can always improve. You may be surprised to know that as a maths teacher I still get stuck with some bits of maths. Getting stuck with a problem is not a bad thing – it’s an opportunity for you to sit down with your child and figure out the solution to the problem together. Remember no one can know all the maths in the world; sometimes you just have to know where to go to get help. Search online for the solution – there are heaps of self help videos and websites ready to help you and your child fill in any maths gaps.

It may take time, but the sense of achievement you will both feel by learning together will take you into your next maths challenge full of confidence – with fear a thing of the past.