CANADA AM Segment: When Your Child Won’t Go To School
1) Get to the root of the problem - Talk to your child and find out what their hesitation is really all about. Is it a teacher? A class? Another student? Are they being bullied? It could be as simple as them just not wanting to go due to sheer laziness, or could be something more. Start at a discussion and see what you can find out. Here’s a recent blog post I wrote about he topic of kids faking illness to get out of going to school:
2) Double check workload and lessons - Hmmm…has little Emily forgotten to tell you that she had a major project or assignment due and has neglected to get it done? Or perhaps it’s not that big of a project, but it’s late nonetheless. Either way, the fact of the matter may be that she is behind in her homework or lessons, whether by design or because she didn’t manage her time well. Now’s the time to use this opportunity as a “teachable moment” so that it doesn’t keep happening.
4) Explain the consequences of missing school and follow through with them - This may mean some type of deprivation of something the child likes, such as playing video games or watching their favourite show. If anything, not wanting to go to school