What to do When your Child Refuses to Go to School

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Sometimes, children may not want to go to school, and parents wonder what they can do about it. Handling this problem is easier if you find the root of the problem rather than force the child to go to school.

Possible reasons for refusal

  • Avoiding something that depresses him/her or makes him/her anxious
  • Avoiding public evaluation or social interactions.
  • To get attention from you or others
  • To watch TV or play games at home.

To determine the cause of the problem, speak to the schoolteacher or any other personnel. The teacher may have noticed something and will give you some clues to help solve the problem.

You can also go to a pediatrician. Emotional symptoms come with physical symptoms sometimes. You also need to confirm that the child is not suffering from depression or anxiety. If this is the case, you may need to see a counselor or psychologist to help.

Remember to stay calm. It may be difficult to deal with this situation because it may affect your routine as well. Don’t be agitated, stay calm until you find the cause of the problem and fix it. Let the child know that school is compulsory and don’t bribe the child because it doesn’t fix the problem.