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School Issues

School Issues

Schooling is one of the most challenging issues faced by children and parents. While there is currently a lot of attention being paid (and rightly so) to the impact of bullying, there are many other issues that are part of the school experience, which have a significant effect on our children's wellbeing.

Signs To Watch For:

  • Fall in academic performance.
  • Lack of motivation / interest for school-related activities.
  • Complaining of being bored and not challenged by school work.
  • Reports of attention-seeking or problem behaviours.
  • Frequent detentions.
  • The child talks about himself as "dumb".
  • Discomfort or embarrassment when the topic of school is raised.
  • Failure to regularly complete homework.
  • Reluctance to talk about anything to do with school.
  • Difficulty concentrating, listening or sitting still in school.
  • Poor relationships with peers and teachers.
  • Regularly becoming sick at school time.
  • Refusing to go to school.

What Can Result From These:

  • Poor self-esteem.
  • Lack of confidence.
  • An increased risk of dropping out or exiting school early.
  • A child can be labelled as "slow", "lazy", "trouble maker" etc. They can accept the label and live up to it.
  • Difficulty in developing a sense of belonging: this can hold the child back from involvement with family, or from building friendships.
  • Depression and anxiety.

What Can You Do To Help?

  • Build and maintain a strong, ongoing relationship with your child's school, not just when there are difficulties. Staff are much more responsive to parents whom they see as being allies.
  • Talk regularly with your child about school and really listen to them.
  • Refuse to allow your child to accept belittling and unhelpful labels.
  • Rule out the possibility of learning difficulties or disabilities which may be interfering with your child's learning.
  • Give your child intentional practice at communication and social skills.
  • Investigate if specific things such as subjects or teachers can be changed, if they trigger problems.
  • Help your child to address personal habits, qualities or behaviours which may alienate others.
  • Ensure your child is not overloaded with too many extra-curricular activities, which could drain their energy.
  • Provide resources at home which will help support your child's learning.
  • Supply whatever support your child may need to cope with personal or family problems. Counselling may be a valid option.
  • Limit the hours of work your child does outside of school, or the responsibilities they take on in the home.
  • Guard their physical health - make sure they get a healthy diet, enough sleep and exercise.
  • Limit the amount of time your child spends on activities which keep them isolated (especially video and computer games).
  • Stay in touch with your child's rights as well as the school's expectations.

We can frequently feel overwhelmed when our child is going through a tough time. Even if they don't want to attend counselling, it can be a valuable tool for helping you address your own anxieties as well as gaining insights into how best to support your child.

For help in dealing with school-related issues, contact Alli at Point Of Change Counselling and make an appointment.

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