It’s not unusual for a bit of grumpiness in the morning and the occasional attempt to wriggle out of going to school but might be something to be concerned about if it’s becoming a habit. We have teamed up with a prep school in Hampton to share tips on what to do if your child doesn’t enjoy school.
Introduce a Worry Box
Sometimes it can be difficult to articulate what’s wrong which is where a worry box can help. It’s essentially what it says on the tin. A worry box allows your child to empty out their written worries. By writing them down, your child can distance themselves from their problems and often get some clarity or feel more comfortable confiding in someone else. It’s important to exercise your child’s right to privacy with this, no matter how much you want to help as it will help them to open up and make use of the facility. Violating this will only break your child’s trust.
Work with Teachers
By speaking to your child’s teachers, you can find out if something is bothering them in class and create an action plan. This might be by making a change in their routine to allow for extra sleep, re-arranging a class seating plan or making additional resources available.
Speak to Your Child
Even if your child’s not ready to talk, making them aware that you are there and ready to listen can offer a step forward. Always reassure your child of your love, that they won’t be judged and that you only want the best for them.
Explore Coping Strategies
Many techniques can help children to deal with difficult situations. Mindfulness can help your child to regain clarity by focusing on the present moment when in times of anxiety and stress. Activities that you can explore are mindful walking and colouring.