DR. WALLACE: I'm in 11th grade and considered a better-than-average student in everything but math. My dad makes me take all the advanced math classes, and when I don't pull an A or a B, he gets upset and puts me on restriction.
I'm tired of sitting home almost every weekend because I have a mental block when it comes to math. Please help me with my problem, even if it's only a few words of encouragement. — Math Not My Bag, Waco, Texas
MATH NOT: Tell your father about the gifted genius Albert Einstein, who had problems in math when he was a schoolboy. Then have him make an appointment with your counselor. You should take an aptitude test in this subject. If your results are not the best, your counselor will be able to show Dad that you might never do well in math. This may show him that his "punishments" are not going to help you in the long run, and perhaps he will cease with the penalties.
If you get behind or confused in your math classes, don't be afraid to ask your teacher for help.
Not understanding the basics will cause you a lot of problems when you try to learn the more complex problems. Hang in there and do your best to learn all you can in this subject. The good news is once you're older, you can seek a non-math-oriented career.
RESPECT, LOVE AND TRUST MOST IMPORTANT
DR. WALLACE: I'm a Libra, and so is my boyfriend. We have been together for over two years and have been discussing the possibility of becoming husband and wife. My mother died when I was an infant, and my mother's mother raised me. I love my grandmother very much. Actually, I call her Mom, not Grandma, and I call my grandfather Dad.
My "mom" and "dad" like my boyfriend a lot and think he will make a good husband, except that Mom is concerned we are born under the same sign. She thinks those born under the same sign are not compatible and that most of these marriages are "rocky" at best because the husband and wife are too much alike. Your opinion will be appreciated. — Anonymous, Erie, Pennsylvania
ANONYMOUS: My wife and I met in college. We are both Aries, and our birthdays are only three days apart in April. We have much in common, yet we also have different interests. I enjoy sports, news and current events, while she is into quilting, traveling and collecting antiques. I can honestly say that never has our marriage been "rocky," and I sincerely doubt if it ever will be, so long as I keep my fellow Aries happy by doing my best for her.
My advice is to marry your guy and live happily ever after. Being born under the same sign has nothing whatsoever to do with the way your marriage will turn out. Trust, compassion, respect and love have a whole lot more to do with it!
Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. Email him at [email protected] To find out more about Dr. Robert Wallace and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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