Podcast Episode 249: How to Keep Math Trauma from Holding You or Your Kids Back

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 249 of The New Family Podcast, where we talk to an educator about how we can make math less traumatic for both us and our kids.

Today we welcome Vanessa Vakharia back to the show. Vanessa is the founder of a unique tutoring facility called The Math Guru here in Toronto. She’s a teacher with a Bachelor of Commerce, a Masters in Mathematics Education and the author of a great math workbook for kids called Math Hacks: Cool Tips + Less Stress = Better Marks. She’s been on before to discuss topics like encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers, but this time she’s here to talk “Math Therapy,” her new podcast where she works through a guest’s math trauma every week so that they can start living their best lives. I reveal a little of my own math-related mindset issues, and she talks to us about how we can ensure our kids don’t inherit a legacy of struggles with math.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

The Math Therapy Podcast

The Math Guru website

Math Hacks: Cool Tips + Less Stress = Better Marks

Previous episode featuring Vanessa: Where We Went Wrong with Kids and Math

Previous episode featuring Vanessa: Steminism! Encouraging Girls to Embrace Math and Science

Vanessa’s Instagram

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Photo (top): Annie Spratt/Unsplash

What Vanessa hopes people would get out of listening to The Math Therapy Podcast

“I really, really hope that what people do is re-think their own mindset around math ability and that there is a change that affects the rest of their lives. The change I had, the boost in confidence, and the change I had surrounding what I’m capable of on the planet because of math completely changed my life. I am now a person that wakes up everyday thinking anything is possible.”

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