It’s an unfortunate truth that while some kids love going to school, some kids absolutely hate it. And when your child falls into the latter category, it can be very hard to motivate them towards their education at all!
However, you shouldn’t let your child give up on doing their best in the classroom, whether it’s a traditional or a home-based one. Plus, the more you know the reasons behind why some kids hate school, the easier it’s going to be to help your child conquer those obstacles.
They Miss Home
It’s easy for some kids to feel homesick when they’re at school, or otherwise uncomfortable being away from the environment they love most. And that often includes the people at home as well! Younger kids are more likely to have separation problems, but even teenagers can find it hard to walk away from mom or dad from time to time. If you think this could be a problem in your child’s life, be sure to talk to them about the way they feel and see what they’re really thinking.
They Learn in a Different Way
Every teacher is going to have their own way of teaching, as we’re all different people with our own ideas. However, your child may not respond to this. Your child is also going to have a way of learning, and sometimes struggling learners need very specific support and help throughout their education. If they’re not getting any of this, they’re going to come to hate going to school, as it’s a place where they feel stupid and like they can’t do anything.
The Environment is Overwhelming
The school environment can get to kids. It’s busy and loud, teachers are everywhere and some of them are shouting, and trying to make friends with other kids can be super tricky. For some children, this is going to be the number one problem, and could even result in social and/or generalized anxiety disorder. When this is the issue behind a child’s hatred of school, it’s best to think about ways to keep them calm, including coping methods and even considering moving them to another school.
Around half of the time, this can be the simple crux of the issue. Sometimes going to school is boring, because there are so many other things you could be doing! And when you’re in the classroom, there are so many rules to follow and it’s super easy to make mistakes – what’s more boring than being told to sit down or quieten down every 5 minutes?
When kids feel this way, it’s easy for them to fall into a ‘bad behavior’ pattern. Be sure to talk about this problem with their teachers if you suspect your child is bored, and think about ways you can support their education through fun outside of school.
Some kids hate school for various reasons. Helping them learn to love an educational environment is often a big part of parenting!