Now that the new school year has started, many parents are dealing with children not wanting to go to school. If this hasn’t happened to you yet, it won’t be long before you’ll awaken to the declaration, “I don’t want to go to school.” It’s never music to your ears. Young children not wanting to go to school and older children simply proclaiming that they’re not going can challenge even the savviest parent. Today we would like to look at the reasons children can be reluctant to go to school, and possible solutions for parents.
1. You first need to ask yourself what is the routine at home?
Is Nanny or Pop visiting? Are there workmen at the house? Is there some exciting event going on at home? Sometimes, children are just excited because there is a special event or family member staying with them in the family home.
Sometimes, children are just excited because there is a special event or family member staying with them in the family home.
2. Then ask yourself has your child had enough sleep?
Here in the UAE, nursery starts early in the morning and children need to get a goodnight’s sleep beforehand. If they are going to bed too late, they may not have had enough sleep and consequently be tired orirritable in the morning.
Here in the UAE, nursery starts early in the morning and children need to get a goodnight’s sleep beforehand
2. Has your child had enough time to wake up and eat their breakfast?
Nobody likes to be rushed in the morning. Over-sleeping and rushing can cause unnecessary morning stress. Waking up with enough time to get dressed and have a yummy breakfast is a great start to the day. Also, the chance to have a chat with your child will allow them to enjoy your company and be ready to leave you by the time you get to school.
Nobody likes to be rushed in the morning, over-sleeping and rushing can cause unnecessary morning stress
3. Realize that it is likely not about school.
With preschool-age children, the issue is often about separation. Attending school without a parent is very different from being left at home with a sitter. Remember, the process of adjusting to separation can take anywhere from a few days to a few months.
Your child might not have bonded with their teacher and classmates yet. It takes time to form a trusting relationship with a teacher and to make new friends. Your child just might prefer to be home with you. By identifying a key person at school or nursery, your child can go into the arms of another trusted individual.
One possible solution: “Sleep talk” before your child falls asleep. Sleep talk for children is a simple and effective method of building confidence. When you child goes to bed at night you wait for them to fall asleep for 10 minutes. You then go into their room and whisper in their ear that they are “big and brave and can to school with a smile on their face and enjoy the day ahead of them.” Many parents have tried this, and found remarkable results.
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Sleep talk for children is a simple and effective method
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