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What to Do When Your Kid Hates School (page 2)

What to Do When Your Kid Hates School

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Updated on Mar 11, 2012

What to Do

The simplest way to learn why your child doesn't like school is to ask. Pose open-ended questions.

"Ask them, 'What would you do to make it better? What would make you like school?' " Tobias says. The answer will likely point you toward the real problem.

She also suggests observing your child's personality and how he learns. With your help, he can begin to take charge of his own success by finding a way to tackle his homework in a way that matches his learning style.

A child who learns by talking would benefit from having a study buddy who can help him talk through his assignments, Tobias says. A child who learns through movement should be encouraged to wiggle or tap her feet.

Tobias notes that helping your child adapt to his classroom is an important lesson in itself, because he will spend the rest of his life with people who function differently than he does.

In any case, if your child spends more than two or three weeks saying she hates school, set up an appointment with her teacher. Ask for the teacher's observations. Tobias suggests one question to ask: "What can I do?"

Wittenberg says a young child who is having trouble adjusting to the classroom might benefit from an occasional day at home or a switch from a full-day to a half-day kindergarten class – not much of an adjustment if it is made just a few weeks into the year. Or you can make your child feel better with small reminders of home, like a note from you in his lunch box.

Eventually, the clear solution to your child's dislike of school might be to switch her to a new classroom or teacher. But chances are that step won't be necessary. If you and the teacher work together, and if you continue you to communicate with your child throughout the process, school can turn into a place where your child will be happy, and thrive.

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