With school days lasting at least several hours and occurring on several days a week, a significantly large chunk of children’s and teenagers’ time is spent at school. It is no wonder then that being unhappy at school can often mean being unhappy with life in general and can really take its toll on the mental health of children and teenagers.
We all want what is best for our children, which means dealing with problems they may face at school. In this guide, we will explore exactly what you can do to help your child if school is having negative effects on their happiness.
Listen to Your Child Without Judgment
The first step in solving a problem is listening to your child and working out what exactly the problem is. There are many different problems that children can encounter at school, and each may have very different solutions. Your child may be falling behind in their grades, worried about upcoming exams, or even being a victim of bullying. Whatever problem your child is facing, you should listen without judgment.
If you suspect that there is a problem at school and that your child is unhappy, but they have not told you, why not sit down with them and ask if anything is wrong? It is important to make your child feel like they can talk to you about anything they may be unhappy or scared about in their life.
Speak to the School
Most problems that occur at school can be tackled by members of staff such as teachers or school counselors. For example, if bullying is occurring, schools usually have strategies to deal with this. This may mean moving students to different classes or punishing bullies. Other problems, such as struggles learning, may be able to be addressed by offering your child extra support.
Consider Moving Schools
If problems cannot be fixed simply, it may be wise to consider your child moving to a new school. Some problems are limited to individual schools, and the solution may be as simple as your child leaving their old school behind for new pastures. You could move to a different school just down the road or even a school abroad.
Consider if There May Be Deeper Issues Involved
Sometimes problems are not simple and straightforward. Unhappiness can often come on gradually as a result of various different external and internal (such as anxiety and depression) factors for your child. Feelings of sadness can affect children and teenagers of all ages and can affect every aspect of their lives. A problem may originate at school and continue in the home or the other way around.
If you believe that your child is suffering from depression or other mental health issues, either as a result of problems at school or otherwise, it is vital to address this. Whatever you do, you must not ignore these problems! You may want to look for a counseling or therapy service for your child to address these root issues.