Frequently, parents whose children fail to please them by bringing home good marks put before themselves a difficult question: what comes between their child and school?Teachers and parents of our era complain a lot about the problems of modern school systems. The material inputs on scholastic studying have advanced greatly in recent years, and yet the methodology in use is mostly old and not corresponding to the requirements of fast changing society. However, psychologists claim that it is not right to prioritize rote school learning, as the majority of parents love to do. The problem is complex and solving it must include at least each of the points listed below.
- Unbalanced behaviour and fears
A major fear that a child can face at school is the fear of making a mistake or facing harsh judgments. Another concern is fear of the teacher. All this may be a heavy burden to carry. If your child experiences some of these anxieties, the first rule of dealing with fears is not to fight them—everyone feels afraid sometimes. Try to explain this to your child with love and care. In this situation, the child will be inventing reasons for how to not go to school.
Support your child and teach him or her to be strong and self-confident. Day by day, meeting with his or her fears will bring own results – and after school he or she will be ready to meet life with all its trials.
- Health issues
General weakness, frequent colds and chronicle illness. Failure to thrive at school is often directly connected to the poor health and physical state of a child. You should learn to decide when to keep child home and when you should persist on going to school. We all were children once, and you remember for sure how you invented ways to stay home.
Children who feel sick very often cope with school program worse than their classmates who feel good and active. To supply all the gaps in the knowledge, you can help your child on your own or invite tutors. If your child is weak and frequently ill, you should help him or her to strengthen overall health. Jogging, any kind of sport or fitness and walks in the fresh air may help a lot.
- Lack of discipline
Another reason that can worsen your child’s relationships with school is a lack of self-discipline. It is very important to talk to your child about the future. Going to school today and all the efforts they make now affect their futures directly. If you don’t have much time to spend with your kids because of your work, and are wondering, “who can help me do my assignment?”, you can always address professionals and save your time for your child’s problem.
This idea can spark interest in the school process and may become a motivating force for going to school.
- Lack of motivation
If you hear the question, “Why should I go to school?” it is obvious that your kid lacks the necessary motivation to be a part of this process. Everyone must have motives for going in a particular direction. Don’t judge you kid: remember all the situations in your life where you have lost the inspiration and motivation to do something. Make your kid a part of the process – it will give them a sense of responsibility for their actions and decisions. Ask about reasons for the unwillingness to go to school. Tell them about your own experience and about your interests in school. Maybe your example can become a good source of motivation!
We are all social beings and the people around us influence a lot our character, interests, and productivity in life. If your young child is surrounded by lazy children who don’t have any interests, which values he will obtain? Vice versa also stands, as active and purposeful, full of interests children can become a good punch for actions. The class where your child is doing well can suppress her ambitions to study well if the majority of pupils are weak. Communicate with your kid; ask if he or she is feeling okay within the environment.
- Inner problems
There exists a category of vulnerable and anxious children. Some of them have a fear of being laughed at, and they cover their mistakes and the criticism very painfully. They also are worried a lot before any test work and this can also affect their results.
An excessive instability of the state of mind combining with increased concentration of attention often aggravates academic progress; the child is absent-minded at school and can’t recollect himself. In appearance, such kids don’t differ a lot from their age mates. He can have a very high intellect, but show bad results and bring bad marks. In such a situation it is better to work with a child psychotherapist.
- Failure to understand why should they go to school
Little children are not taught to make efforts just because they must. They even don’t understand well the meaning of the word “must”. First, we humor a child with toys, smartphones, and computers. Thus we learn them to achieve results without any effort. Being a lovely friend to your kid doesn’t mean to cater to his whims. Sometimes, a difficult task will be in order.
- Infantilism and kid’s immaturity and gadgets.
Unfortunately, a lot of children of today are conditional on games and electronic gadgets. They even don’t understand “what should I go to school for?” as they have the entire world in their tablets. As a parent, you must fight the game addictions of your child. If you won’t do this now, probably your kid will have serious problems with the responsibility in his future life.
Sandra Hayward is a lead freelance author at EduBirdie. She is a mother of two children and works at home is an only way to spend more time with them. When her boys are at school she has time for texts and reading books. When she decided to become a mother, she knew that it would be her main job and she’ll do her best to spend as much as she can time with her children.