lisgmz asks:

How to motivate my 5 year old to go to school?

This year I have had a really tough time dropping off my son at school. He went to pre-kinder and cried like most kids, first two weeks tops. I thought that because of his school experience in pre-k it would be easier this year in Kinder. And its only in the mornings during drop off. I mean he literally runs back towards the car and cries like someone is beating him up. Being the third week into school I dont know how to motivate him into going to school. I talk to him everyday after he comes in the bus. All he says is that he doesn't like school and he wants to be with me. The more I tell him how important school is and how I have to go to school as well and work I can't get him to understand. And now its to the point that he is not doing good in class. He has had accidents, he has fought with other little kids and I know he is doing this because he is mad that he has to go to school. I don't know what else to do.
In Topics: Kindergarten readiness, Communicating with my child (The tough talks)
> 60 days ago



Sep 16, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

Each public school should be equipped with School Counselors and School Psychologist who are prepared and able to handle this type of behavior. I would seek them out hopefully they will provide you with the help you seek.

Good luck!

Louise Sattler, Psychologist

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