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What to Do When Your Little One
Doesn’t Want to go to School
I was helping out a friend by dropping their little one off the school a few weeks back, and while I was there, I couldn’t help but overhear a little girl say
“Daddy, please don’t leave me here, please don’t leave me… please, please!!”
Unfortunately, it took me back to my days of pre-primary where I hated school and would plead with my parents not to send me there.
They tried lots of different things to try to encourage me to go, but I just couldn’t understand why I needed to go to some other place to draw and paint stuff when I was perfectly happy doing that in my little bubble at home.
So, I really felt for this little girl when I overheard her pleading with her Dad not to leave her at school that day.
There are lots of reasons why children refuse to go to school. One of the major reasons is separation anxiety – basically, they don’t want to be away from their parents or a particular care giver.
Thankfully, there are plenty of strategies parents can use to help combat school refusal related to separation anxiety (such as distraction techniques, playground observations, dealing with physical symptoms or a little one who comes home “sick” from school repeatedly, plus heaps more).
Pop over to our strategies section to check out a few solutions (make sure you click here to register and log in first).
How do you encourage your little ones to go to school when they don’t want to? Feel free to share your insights in the comments below!
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