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Tips and Tricks to Getting Your Child to Go to School

Although most parents realize that getting a good education is a necessary action for every child to receive in life, not every child will agree with them.  Sometimes the biggest hurtle of getting a child a good education is to physically get them to school every day.  There can be a lot of reasons why a child is reluctant to go to school and until you can figure out why your child does not want to go to school this can be an uphill battle for parents during the school term.

Once you have discovered the root of the child's problem, you can then take steps to make it easier on you and your child to attend school each and every day.  The solution may be as simple as going in to the child's school and seeing the management about your situation or as complex as taking the child to see a professional to deal with their issues of not wanting to attend school.  Once the problem is isolated, you can then take several measures to ensure the child is in school and their experience is a positive one.

If the child is very young, you could use bribery as a form of convincing the child to go to school.  For example, if they attend school each and every day of the week then at the week you could promise them a treat of some sort or to let them engage in some type of fun activity to reward them for their efforts.  Then as you monitor your child's progress, you can then decide when the treat or the rewards should end or if you need to continue on with this measure.

When they get a little older such as in middle school this method might not work.  So then you may need to try different methods which would be appropriate to the child's age.  One way you could accomplish this is by making a deal with the child that if they attend school every day then they will be able to join a club or a sports event after school.  This will work really well if the child has any outside interests beyond his home surroundings.

If the child is reluctant to go to school because he is being bullied or made fun of then it's your responsibility as a parent to discuss this matter in full with the child's school to ensure this teasing stops immediately.  If the child feels safe and is aware that when they are attending the school that they will not be bullied, they may be more willing to go into that setting each and every day.

This time in a child's life can be very frustrating for parents and well as students.  So any little tricks that you can come up with to adapt to your child's needs in the school system should be implemented as soon as a problem is discovered.  This will ensure the child is getting the education they will need as well as to teach them that they can in fact deal with situations that may crop up later on in life.

 

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Kim Darrell

Kim Darrell

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