Math is a very special subject. Some people love it, and some hate it! I guess you could say most people have a love/hate relationship with it. I am one of the oddballs. I love math! Yet, I didn't always love it. I started out rather ambivalent toward it, then in Junior High I began to like the pre-algebra that we were doing. Anticipating algebra, I began ninth grade only to be disappointed. By mid-terms in 9th grade, I was failing. My parents realized this and sent me back to the private school I had previously attended. It was only a few months, and my grade was back to an A. Why? Well, it really is quite simple...I had a teacher that cared.
Math is like that. You can have a good book, or a bad book, but the teacher can make the difference. Higher math is just one of those subjects that really needs some type of instruction. Parents can obviously do the job, but they need to give positive influence as the child is studying this subject. Most of the people who say that they hate math, usually say so because they don't do well with it. If they can experience some success and feel achievement in what they are learning and doing - their attitude toward math usually changes.