Momaha Blog: Modern parenting is very focused on numbers and it didn’t add up for me

By Ashley Strehle Hartman
Published on the Omaha World-Herald’s on May 6, 2021

When I was 9 years old, I was the queen of multiplication at Field Elementary School. I rocked those times tables like you wouldn’t believe.

Our third-grade teacher, Mrs. Johnson, would give us worksheets with multiplication problems and we’d have to do as many as we could in a minute. It wasn’t technically a race between us students as to who could finish first. But — not to brag or anything — if it had been, I would have won. Handily. Every time.

You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you this, and I wouldn’t blame you. It is odd for a middle-aged woman to be bragging about how good she was at times tables in elementary school.

I’m telling you this because that was the peak of my love affair with numbers…So, imagine my surprise when I found out parenting nowadays is very numbers-focused.

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