What do you do, as a parent, when your child doesn’t want to go to school? Sometimes, kids feign illness for a day off. Other times, they’ll be open about not wanting to go. On one hand, it’s possible that kids, like adults, get stressed, tired and overwhelmed and can use a day to recoup before jumping back into action. But what if their fears or reluctance are just the symptoms of a deeper problem? It could be that your child is facing anxiety issues, and may benefit from seeing a counselor to work through them. Your child could also be subjected to bullying, or may struggle in a certain class: both elements that they’d want to avoid. If it only happens once in awhile, it’s likely not to be a problem. But if school avoidance happens regularly, it’s something that should be looked into.
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