When your child is reluctant to go to school, it’s better to try to understand why they are reluctant than to force them with no tolerance for excuses. There could be many reasons (social or academic, for example) that a child could not enjoy going to school, even if they had been enjoying it before. Giving them a chance to talk to you and explain their views will go a long way in figuring out what path you should take from there.
- Ask your child questions to determine whether his/her recalcitrance is due to a temporary issue or something deeper and more significant.
- For some milder issues, just taking the time to listen seriously and make your child feel heard can suffice.
- Occasionally, it may not be completely out of the question to let your child take one of a limited stockpile of personal days to recharge.
“Reluctance to go to school, Healy says, may signal a problem, whether it’s social, emotional, or academic.”