Looking For Signs Your Child Is Unhappy In School Is First Step
There was a point where my son was unhappy at school. Not fake stomach ache unhappy, not pushing the boundaries unhappy (though that was going on too), but so unhappy that he wasn't learning anything. Which for him was a sign that something was going on because he is a sponge, a living, breathing, learning sponge.
We asked the teachers, we talked to the principal, we did lots of things to try and figure it out.
It was hard because on the surface he was fine but he was only going through the motions. We got reports that our verbally-precocious kid was never raising his hand. Our son who asks maybe 1 billion questions a day, never asked a question, never got interested in anything. He just stared out the window.
By the end of the year, we decided to pull him from French Immersion because it was obviously a roadblock to his learning. He was unhappy being in an environment where he couldn't grasp concepts as quickly as he was used to. It was a bad fit.
So when I saw this link about Signs Your Kid Is Unhappy At School, I clicked eagerly. And as I clicked through the signs, I realized that it is all true: stomach aches and behaviour changes are all signs that your child is unhappy in school.
But sometimes it is more subtle than that. It is about knowing your kid. My son didn't protest going to school but he was unhappy there. We had to fight to be recognized. We had to sit for hours in the principal's office. Eventually, we found the right situation for him. But it wasn't easy.
If your kid is unhappy in school, it may be nothing more than the red pencil crayon is missing or your child doesn't like their seatmate. But it may be more. And it may take a while to figure it out, but you have to.
Have your kids ever been unhappy at school? Was it a big reason or a small one?