I bring to the sandbox 22 years of joyful experience teaching children in a one-on-one environment. I wake up feeling blessed each day, so grateful for the opportunity I have been given to help others by sharing my knowledge and also for the gift of perpetual learning which I am so lucky to have through teaching.
This wonderful life experience combined with my own parenting trials and triumphs as Dad to a beautiful daughter, as well as 17 years of being a fun uncle to ten nieces and nephews has rooted in me a strong desire to help other parents raise happy kids! (And kids raise happy parents). “Dad, can you help me with math homework?” Is something I used to hear nightly – but since I started working fun math games into our family time and encouraging them to make up part of her allowed screen-time, my daughter has excelled beyond her expected ability and no longer needs me for that.
As a child I was more book smart than socially apt, and for me this created a conflict as the adults in my life would praise me incessantly, however my peers employed a different accounting method when sizing me up – “egghead” was the name that stuck, for a couple years anyway.
Surely there are worse names a kid can be called, nonetheless I felt separated from the pack. Confused by life’s mixed messages, I felt sometimes lonely and suffered privately while self-confidence proved elusive to my young self. Conversely, self-doubt was a too-familiar specter which wielded undue influence over my life at times. Fear of failure inhibited the authentic expression of myself, and the resulting inaction only served to make me anxious. I have often wished somebody had known how to make it easier for me to excel where I was weak.
“Instilling confidence in a child is like teaching a man to fish. It has a profound and long-lasting positive impact, positioning the child for success in all future endeavors.
It has been my observation that the individual balance of those abilities with which we are all blessed to varying degrees is of little importance as long as we can teach a child to value themselves and feel generally confident. Whether I’m teaching music or tutoring math, I always keep this in mind. Instilling confidence in a child is like teaching a man to fish. It has a profound and long-lasting positive impact, positioning the child for success in all future endeavors.
The subject of math is one which I have witnessed driving certain folks to near-tears or red-faced frustration. There is no subject which could benefit more from an arsenal of fun activities to help disguise its practice as play, then math! Math has the ability to deflate the egos of some whose grasp it most eludes. Here may you find the necessary tools to turn it from the bane of your kid’s existence, into a new source of pride and confidence through the use of math’s many fun games for children of all ages.
I wish for your family’s success and prosperity, and hope that your children may go through life with there heads held high, confident about their place in the world, with wonder in there eyes and smiles on their faces!