What to Do if Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go to School

Every parent hopes that their child will be happy at school and enjoy learning. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and some children can find school a very challenging environment. 

Children may find school challenging for a number of reasons, such as finding the work hard, feeling excluded from social groups or separation anxiety. The start of a new term can also cause children to feel emotional and reluctant to return to routine.

If your child doesn’t want to go to school, and you have noticed regular excuses or complaints of illnesses, then this should be investigated further. This could be a warning sign that there is an issue at school that requires your attention.

Here are some great tips from Maltman’s Green School to help your children establish a positive attitude towards going to school…

Early bedtime

To make the mornings less of a stressful rush, it is a good idea to encourage earlier bed times and prepare their school uniform and equipment a few days before school starts. Having a good night’s sleep can also help to improve your child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Fun after school

Many children have so much fun over the summer that they feel sad when their holidays come to an end. To combat the ‘back to school blues’ it is important to try and keep up some of those fun activities after school. When kids see that school doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on fun, they’re less likely to have negative feelings about it.

Study space

To get your child excited about school and to encourage a positive attitude towards learning, you could set up a special study space at home. To make their new space feel extra special you could go one step further and treat them to some new stationary too.

Home comforts

A great way to help a child, who may be suffering from separation anxiety, is to allow them to take a small object in their school bag that acts as a comforter, such as a toy or family photo. You could also surprise your child with a secret note in their lunch box with words of encouragement.

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