Does your child dislike fractions? Do they reach for a calculator every time they see one of these / (i.e. a fraction bar)? The problem with converting every fraction to a decimal is that your final answer will be a rounded answer  not exact. The other issue is that much more time is spent in avoidance of what is and always will be there(fractions) instead of acknowledging that "I need some help with how to work with fractions." I see this frequently with students, not just with fractions, but in other areas as well. In the short term it's just easier for students to avoid or gloss over trouble areas then to learn some alternative ways to problem solve in math and this is where a tutor or teacher can help a student have that "ah ha!" moment which can allow for a student to experience leaps and bounds in their progress.
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