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How to Respond to

Though education is important, some kids love school and some kids simply don't. Those that exclaim that they "don't like school" are not any less intelligent and preschoolers and kindergarteners may feel this way for a variety of reasons. As a parent, if your child doesn't like school you should do all you can to improve their learning experience and their viewpoint towards this important part of their lives.

Helping Kids Cope with School

The first lesson that a parent must teach when confronted with this issue is that everyone must do things that they don't like. Obviously, this isn't going to be a very popular lesson, but it is one that may help your toddler cope with the school schedule. Parents, though, can also implement lessons that reflect an ability to make the best of things, help kids learn to enjoy the classroom, and teach kids the value of education.

  • Build a relationship with the teacher. First things first, get to know your child's teacher. This person is with your toddler for many hours per week and you should have a personal relationship with him or her. Go to the teacher with the issue and see if small changes may be made to enhance the experience for your child.
  • Talk to your preschooler or kindergartener. There may be specific things about school or classroom that your child doesn't like. "I don't like school" could translate into a number of things, including "I'm being picked on by a bully," "I'm having trouble seeing the words and numbers on my papers," and "I don't feel like I fit in." Unfortunately, young children don't always have the vocabulary to relay these important messages, making it essential for parents to talk through these feelings and determine what is really going on.
  • Reward good behavior. For many kids going to school is normal, but for those that do not like it, successfully making it through a full day with good classroom behavior is something to be proud of.

By knowing your child's teacher and participating in classroom activities you can enhance the education of your child. By showing you care, and that school is important, you can help your little one make the best of it, even if they still don't like it.