While I'm not one to label people, human beings generally fall into two categories: those that are exceptional at math, and those that aren't. I fall into the latter category, although I can safety say it hasn't been too big of a detriment. Then, well, I had a child. Turns out, there are struggles parents who are bad at math know all too well; struggles that finally make that one match teacher who promised you math was "super important" and that you would really "use this stuff," not a bold-faced liar.

I'll be honest; once I graduated high school I didn't think I would use math on a regular basis. I mean, do people even balance their checkbooks anymore? No one was running around asking me what the square root of something was (and calculators on iPhones are a thing) so I was confident in my limited mathematical ability and didn't think I'd be tested on a regular, or even infrequent, basis.

However, after I had my daughter, I realized there are just some instances in which a calculator won't cut it. I had to do far more with math than I had been anticipating, and found myself wondering if paying attention in my high school math classes was a little more important than I had originally thought. If you were one of those kids who was never great at math, you completely understand what I mean, and you can probably relate to the following struggles: