By Nigel Boys
According to Betsy Braun, mother, grandmother and specialist in child development and behavior, just about every parent in the world has heard their child say one thing, “I don’t want to go to school.”
The author of several books, who has appeared on “Good Morning America” and “Dr. Phil,” goes on to give a few reasons why your children might make this sometimes hurtful statement.
1. How long have they been back at school?
Braun believes that most children take time to settle into a new school or grade and parents should give them time to adjust on their own.
2. Is this your child’s first time in school?
Although some children find school fascinating straight away, some are not happy about leaving their parents to be under the supervision of an unknown adult, their teacher. Give them time and things usually work out.
3. Is the reason they don’t want to go to school something to do with their home life?
If something exciting is happening at home, such as the visit of relatives, like their grandparents, children may feel left out if they have to leave the home to go to school. They may feel that they are missing out on something.
4. Make sure your child is not feeling under the weather.
Although some children pretend to be sick, just so they don’t have to go to school, others don’t always tell you when they are not feeling well.
5. Does your child seem to have many friends at school?
The reason your child doesn’t want to go to school, could be something simple like they are not as sociable as others and don’t make friends quite so easy. It’s important that a child feels that he or she fits in with their companions.
Other reasons that your child wants to be absent from school could be that they are being bullied by classmates; they can’t follow what’s going on; they don’t like their teacher or other numerous reasons, according to Braun. She adds that, whatever the reason, you need to deal with it as soon as possible.
The author concludes by saying that, if you have a teenage child who doesn’t want to attend class, they may just be tired and parents should make sure they are getting the rest they need.