Kids need to go to school in order to learn different things. They will learn not only the academic stuff but also other things like establishing social relationships and making friends, having fun, joining sports, etc. However, what do you do if your child does not like going to school?
You don’t need to be alarmed when faced with this kind of dilemma. There are a lot of parents who have the same problem with their kids and there are things that you can do to help improve your kids’ perspective about school. What do you do?
Get yourself involved with their school. One way that you can spark your child’s interest in school, is to show that you’re interested in their school as well. There are a lot of activities in which parents can get involved in their child’s school. You can join the parent council if you have enough time to devote to it, volunteer with different school activities and attend school events with your kids. By doing these things, they will know that you support the school and you’re interested in their schooling as well. This can help them spark their interest in going to school.
Help them make friends. If you attend school activities with your kids or often visit them in the classroom, you will get to know their classmates. You can try to find someone that you think would become a good company for your child. Try to get to know the child and the guardian, and invite the child for play dates with your kid. This can help your kids establish a social relationship and is quite helpful, especially for young children. If they make friends, they will most likely want to go to school.
Don’t fret too much about grades. We all want our kids to get good grades in school. However, try not to fret about it too much. If you put too much pressure on your kid about getting high marks, this can turn off their interest in school. Try to follow up on your child’s grades if it seems that they’re not doing that good, but never demand overwhelming tasks or make grades the sole focus. Allow them to enjoy their school life as well.
Provide assistance with their homework and projects. There are times when your child may find their homework difficult and will need your help. You can give them some guidance and help them understand the problems. However, never solve the answers yourself. Help them realize what they need to learn and allow them to develop independence. Another way that you can provide help with homework and studying is by setting up a schedule that your child should follow. Most kids try to finish their homework as fast as they can or try to put it off because they want to do something else. By giving them a schedule for doing their homework and studying, they can be organized in studying and will eventually develop it into a habit. In order for this to work however, you need to be firm about the scheduled hours.
Help them change boredom. The most common reason why kids don’t like going to school, commonly in older school-age children, is because they find it boring. However, the word “boring” can have various meanings for each kid. Some may find the classes too difficult, while others may find it too easy. This can make your child frustrated about their learning.
You can help them by exploring the reason why they find it “boring” to go to school and make appropriate actions to resolve this problem.