What to Do When Your Child Hates Their School

In all honestly, is there much that you can do? Well, as much as every parent wishes that every school experience could be rainbows and sunshine for their kids, the reality is that sometimes they just don’t click with their school. For a lot of kids, they usually lack a passion for education, at least at school, and it’s mostly due to the school. Sometimes, it’s the rules, the teacher they have, or even the kids they’re surrounded by. 

All of this can be tough for children; it’s tough to see them so unhappy in their educational environment. But as a parent, do you just have to sit there and watch? Is there a way that you can actually help with all of this? There is actually! There are steps you can take to support your child and navigate this challenging situation. So, where can parents begin?

Hear Them Out

First things first, it’s crucial to give your child the space to express how they’re feeling. So it’s going to be a good idea to just sit down with them and let them know that you’re here to listen, no matter what. Really, it’s important to just validate their feelings and encourage them to share what’s been bothering them about school. Sometimes, just having someone to vent to can make all the difference.

Get to the Bottom of It

Once your child has shared their concerns, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Is it a particular teacher they clash with? Problems with classmates? Academic struggles? As a parent, sometimes there is something you can do, and sometimes there isn’t. But it still helps to fully understand the root cause of their unhappiness- this is the first step toward finding a solution that works for everyone.

Explore Other Options

What if your child absolutely hates their school? What if you also have some conflicts with the school? If your child’s current school just isn’t cutting it, it might be worth exploring other options. You should feel free to check out alternative schools in your area. Sometimes, other schools, especially religious-based ones like a Catholic convent school, will allow for enrollment in the middle of the year or even provide scholarships if necessary. 

Of course, there are other options, too, like homeschooling, if that’s more feasible. If you can, visit potential schools together and involve your child in the decision-making process to ensure they feel empowered and heard.

Speak Up for Change

Don’t be afraid to speak up and advocate for change if you believe it’s necessary. If you see your kid’s mental health suffering, then this is 100% a thing you have to do. So, just go ahead and schedule a meeting with teachers, administrators, or school counselors to address your child’s concerns and brainstorm potential solutions. Whether it’s requesting a classroom change, implementing a personalised learning plan, or addressing bullying, your voice matters, and it can make a real difference.

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Jodi Carlson is a mother of 2 children, wife, and a full time product owner at a large Insurance company. She is a mom just trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. She shares countless tips and tricks of things she has experienced first hand with her kids. As she continues to guide and teach them to become caring, sensible and responsible human beings, all while working a full time job, maintaining a home and some how still allowing for some personal time and growth. Are you a Girl Scout Leader? Along with Mom Connecting Moms, she shares her 25+ years of Girl Scout experience over at Leader Connecting Leaders , there she shares ideas and resources to help leaders who are inspiring girl leaders of tomorrow plan their troop meetings. Check out Leader Connecting Leaders .