At this point-in-time, your child has probably been in school for two-to-four weeks. They are beginning to acclimatize to being back in the school routine. For many children, returning to school ignites insecurities, anxieties, and feelings of apprehension.
For others, they return to school feeling jubilant and expressing great happiness.
Why the dichotomy of emotion? There are many reasons children develop these mixed emotions. For children who are dreading a return to school; it is often one singular negative experience that ignites their imagination. Why would a child allow a singular event to damper their academic pursuits? Children need to feel, experience, and ultimately be included. Inclusion is the heart and soul of personal acceptance and worth.
What are some of the causations of such dread? Children may avoid or dread school because of a history of being bullied; they may find the academic process personally challenging or overwhelming; they may have failed or performed poorly in a class; they may have had teachers who were focused on their own personal matters, allowing the child to become lost in the academic cycle.
*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA