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Delya
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Refusing to attend school

We moved to a new location/new apartment and changed our elementary school since December 2012. My son does not like the new school and refuses to attend. He cries and complains every day. How can I help him ?
In Topics: Learning issues and special needs, Discipline and behavior challenges, Communicating with my child (The tough talks)
> 60 days ago

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Dr.Monika
Aug 24, 2013
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What the Expert Says:

Talk with your son.  Ask him what he likes about the new school and what he dislikes.  Is anybody picking on him?  If so, who and why?  If your son is bullied, you need to address it with the school principal ASAP.

Next, talk with your son's teachers.  Their insight might be valuable.

How has your son been doing emotionally since the move?  Is he happy? Sad? Moody?  A move is a very stressful event for the whole family.  Adults can cope with it better than children.  Could your son be depressed?  If so, seeing a pediatric therapist might be helpful.

Best regards.  
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Dadofsons
Feb 2, 2013
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I think you should explain to him that an education is very important and how he doesn't want to miss anything important that could impact his life negatively. Tell him that he doesn't have to like his new school but should at least give it a try.

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shay4
shay4 writes:
If you keep skipping school you will not have anywhere to stay.
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hockeymom58 writes:
There is a deeper reason your son does not like school. Maybe he misses his old friends or is bullied at the new school. Start by offering a play date with an old friend if he attends school everyday without complaint. Keep a chart so he can see his progress. Talk to his teacher and see if she is seeing changes in his behavior and ask her to see if he is being bullied.
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