What to do when your child hates school – Tips for Singapore parents

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Read on to find out what you can do when your child hates school.

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What should you do when your child hates school? Read on to find out.

Every parent probably dreads the day when his or her child says he hates school. When your child hates school, you sometimes feel like there’s nothing you can do.

The truth is though, there are ways you can help your child approach each school day with enthusiasm — or at the very least, with enough ‘happy thoughts’ to do their best at school. Here are some suggestions.

Learn with your child


When your child hates school, one of the ways you can help him is to learn with him, or help him learn by setting an example for him to follow.

Young children have an intense desire to please their parents and emulate their behavior. It’s a classic case of ‘monkey see… monkey do’ — so let them see you ‘do’!

Let them see you reading, learning a new hobby, discussing the news with your spouse (and with them in age-appropriate ways) and listening with interest to the events of their day. The two of you can read together, experience museums, exhibits and other cultural events, as well.

Be involved

Being involved with your child’s education means you will participate in parent organizations in your child’s school and be pro-active in communicating with your child’s teacher(s) as regards your child’s learning style, progress, social behavior and any problems or issues that may arise.

Build on your existing family rules as your child grows up, especially when she starts going to school.

Take an interest in your child’s progress and activities at school and elsewhere.

Being involved also means you will check your child’s homework to make sure they are grasping concepts properly, help them prepare for quizzes/tests by asking them questions, and helping to make sure they know the subject matter discussed in school.

As your children get older, you may or may not need to brush up on your understanding of some subjects so you can be of assistance or, at the very least, understand what your children are talking about.

Bigger Kid Parenting Advice by BRAND'S® AlphaMynd Education