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I'm Not Going Back: Dealing with School Refusal (page 2)

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Updated on Aug 25, 2009

Ask her about what went well. “One bad event can color the whole day for a child,”

Silverman points out. “After you’ve discussed the bad time, turn the conversation to the enjoyable things that happened.”

Encourage him throughout the day. If your child is still worried about going back, give him something unique to remind him of you. Let him wear the special shirt you picked out together in Hawaii, or give him a polished stone and say, “Rub this three times and know that I’m thinking of you.” He’ll always appreciate a funny joke from you in his lunch box, too. Finally, help him visualize your support. “This is known as championing,” says  Silverman. “Tell him that whenever he’s feeling down or struggling in class, he can imagine you on the sidelines, cheering him on.”

A bad start on the first day of school can seem like the end of the world to a child. Your own first instinct may be to respond as emotionally as she does. Avoiding the Don’ts by choosing the Do’s will help her bounce back from the first day of disappointment and face the rest of the year with confidence.

Please note that this article does not address serious situations your child might be facing, such as teasing or bullying. Refer to our Bullying Information section for help with these situations.

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