If your child doesn’t feel like going to school, Dr. Joselyn Eusebio, developmental pediatrician at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City, lists several reasons “including separation anxiety, fears, excessive worries, personal temperament such as being shy or sensitive, and even chronic illnesses.” Most of these can be addressed but first, you have to know the root of the problem.
Stay to Reassure but Don’t Linger
Separation anxiety is “developmentally appropriate” for kids 7 months to 6 years, says Dr. Eusebio. Talk to your child; assure him that his teacher will be there to assist him in any way, and that you will pick him up after class. “I allow the parent to stay inside the classroom until the child is settled,” says Rachel Ricafrente-Abella, preschool teacher at Rafoux Playschool in Pasig City. But if a parent lingers in school, the child will hold on to their parent longer, she explains. You and your child’s teacher should be on the same page as how best to overcome this problem.
Parents need not force a child to go to school; just be patient and consistent. Remember that having fun is essential to learning. And before you know it, your child will wake you up and beg for you to bring him to class.
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