AD | Is Your Child Happy at School?

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Whist the Summer holidays should be a happy time for our children, thinking about going going back to school in September can be a very upsetting and worrying time. School presents many challenges for our children as they may find it hard, they may not enjoy a particular subject, or they may experience peer pressure from their friends.

 If your child is already worrying about the new school year this can be very upsetting for you as a parent. To help spot the signs that your child may be unhappy at school, Mill Hill School have put together the following questions for parents.

Has your child become withdrawn? If you notice that your child is spending more time alone in their bedroom and less time talking to family and friends, then this could be a sign that there is something wrong at school.


Is your child refusing to go to school or frequently complaining of tummy aches or illnesses? This is another common behaviour seen by children who are unhappy at school. 
Have you noticed mood swings, irritability or crying? Some parents put this behaviour down to teenage hormones, but please don’t dismiss these signs as normal, because they may need further investigation.

Is your child getting into trouble? Is he or she arguing with siblings or answering back to teachers? If you have noticed any unusual behaviour from your child, this could be a cry for attention. Children often display anger and frustration when they feel unable to explain their emotions.

If you believe that your son or daughter may be unhappy about something in their school life, the best thing to do is talk to them. Communication is key in establishing the cause of the issues and finding a solution. Reassure your child that they can talk to you about anything that may be upsetting them. It may also be a good idea to let their teacher know of anything they can keep an eye on in the classroom.

Michelle

19 comments

  1. We all worry about our children, and rightly so. This is a great article to pick up the signs that your child's unhappiness at school. It's so important to make time to sit down with you child every day, even if its just for a short time, and let them know that you are there for them. Doing this will mean they are more likely to talk to you when they are unhappy with something or having problems at school

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  2. I agree, communication is key. We have had moments when my child has been unhappy at school and talking about it and figuring out why was so important to help her.

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  3. Excellent advice - any change in behaviour needs to be investigated
    Margaret Gallagher

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  4. Isaac had a troubled few years at school but we worked closely with the school and the last year has been fantastic

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  5. Thankfully both my children are happy at school,I would be marching down to school if I thought otherwise!

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  6. Thanks for identifying the signs to spot x My mummy worries about this now as I’m getting older and moving up to junior school soon.

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  7. Hopefully yes, talked to the teachers who said they are

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  8. This is such an important consideration. When I was younger, I went through a few times when I just didn't feel particularly happy while at school. I never told my mum but I am sure she would've wanted to know.

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  9. It's so important to recognise bullying as it can have a devastating effect.

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  10. important info here, thanks for sharing

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  11. Sometimes as busy parents we forget to spot these signs, so I am thankful that I have been made aware of these and will keen an eye on how my kids behave.

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  12. It's nice to be reminded of the signs. My daughter loves school but I'll be sure to look out for anything odd as she grows up

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  13. There sis some really good advice here. The most important thing is clearly communication and recognising the signs xx

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  14. We have had our ups and downs like most families but for the most part my three love school which is such a relief. It's good to be aware of this though.

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  15. We've been ok so far #touchwood

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  16. Some very important points here, thanks for sharing them

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  17. My daughter is very upset at the mention of starting school

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  18. So important to feel happy at school, i know i struggled with my self esteem at school. I would like my children to feel confident & happy with learning & socialising x

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