When my daughter Milla got down from her school bus she just laid down on the sidewalk beside Sam, the neighbour kid.

I had to convince her that you learn by doing and also that she was not not learning by letting someone else do her homework. Later I was informed she that the reason for her not to do her homework was simply a mental block that she developed with Math.

I told her math was a small step by step process and that taking each small step would lead to success, but that getting behind would result in a mental block. She said she had no idea how to subtract 60 from 80, but could easily subtract 6 from 8.I had to inform her that all she need to do was to do the operations with only 10 numbers that she needs to memorize instead of each and every single problems that she come across.

For an example, I emphasized her the simple process of subtracting 60 from 80 is actually 6 from 8, 0 from 0 and then getting 20 as two tens. The mental block was already in action, as was evident when I offered her a small calculator to help her learn math, it became apparent that she was confused as to which way to read numbers. For instance, she would read 56 as 65.

It was certainly not dyslexia for sure at this stage but an inferiority complex which compelled her to believe that she should know everything grownups does. I told her it is difficult to learn anything if you already know everything, as life is a learning process even for us grownups. I also pointed out to her that she did learn, as when she correctly answered 11 plus 4 as 15.

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