We are sorry to hear that you child is struggling at school. Please continue to try and start a dialogue with your child about what they are going through. Without that dialogue, you will never have a full clear picture of what is going on. It may be personal struggles, grades, or it may be bullying. It could be any number of things. It may be damaging or dangerous to make assupmtions about what is going on and then act on those assumptions if they are not correct. If your child seems extremely depressed or sad, we recommmend seeking out counseling for your child. They may be able to open up with a counselor more easily and the counselor can then help your child with whatever issues they are facing.
We also encourage you to help your child identify other places that they may feel safe and like they belong other than school. Church groups, after school clubs, sports teams, or volunteering at helping organizations are all great ways to try and find some positive places where you child can feel like they belong. If your child can feel like they belong and fit in at one place it will make it easier for them to cope with being at places where they may not feel that way.
Feel free to call our hotline and speak with us further about these concerns. We are here to help!
Boys Town National Hotline-A resources for parents and teens