Child Refusing to go to School? – Here’s a Checklist
Does your child refuse to go to school? There could be various reasons. It could be small signs of frustration or a warning of sign of trouble. It is best to avoid jumping to conclusions about what these complaints or behaviours mean.
Take a little time to discuss with your child. Decode the complaints. For e.g. Your child may be finding schoolwork extremely hard. He/she might be missing some of the skills to do their work. It could be an early warning sign of a learning disability.
If you observe any of the behaviours listed below, and you do not receive an appropriate response from your child, please ensure you meet a psychologist.
Complaining about school all the time
Does not discuss much about what happens in school with parents
Prefers to stay isolated at home
Over or under sleeping
Complaining about feeling sick before going to school in the morning
Crying frequently at school and wanting to go home
Getting into fights with teachers or parents about school
Fighting with peers often
Excessive academic challenges
Some children may not be able to express exactly what is wrong. A talk with your child's teacher as a check-in can be extremely helpful. It is extremely important to pinpoint exactly what it is that’s really bothering your child about school—and discover if it really is exactly what he/she was complaining about. It is best to take up the matter at an early age and address it appropriately, else this may lead to complicated behaviours/attitude in adulthood.
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