Help! My Child Hates School

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Get involved with the school.

Establish a good relationship with the staff at your child’s school from the get-go—offer to help out in the classroom, email your kid’s teacher to stay on top of assignments, or participate in PTA events. A proactive, can-do attitude will serve you well should an issue arise at school. By working together with educators beforehand, you’ll be more likely to receive help in dealing with any problems.

“Make sure your kids know that the teacher is an ally,” says Cyndi Kessler, a grade school special education substitute teacher. If there is a serious problem at school, be sure to pursue a solution.