4 Reasons for a Dip in Your Child’s Performance in School
Busy parents running between office and home would prefer things to run as smoothly as possible and the last thing they want to hear is a problem with children at school or below average performance in academics. In the midst of all your regular tasks handling an unmotivated or tense child can become more frustrating if you are unable to control your temper or your child becomes unresponsive. The only way forward is to start spending more time with your child so he or she can slowly trust you and share reason behind the lack of interest in school activities. If your child is not willing to share details about issues troubling him at school then you can try speaking to him about any of the following instances as these are common reasons affecting children in school.
Bullying is among the most common reason for children disliking school and expressing disinterest in schoolwork. Children as young as five to six years of age can be very cruel towards others they dislike and sometimes things can get nasty if not controlled immediately. Bullying is a form of a twisted power game that children use to show their strength to peers; it has now become pronounced with internet and smart phones.
Child feels that teachers and students are not supportive
Is your child is blaming you about your lack of assistance during homework for his or her dip in performance or showing a general disinterest about going to school, sometimes leading to screaming sessions every morning? It could be because you have shifted him to a new school where he does not feel secure and is not able to make friends and feels his classmates are hostile.
Child has more interesting options
If your child has been given a new cell phone, tablet or other device, it may divert his attention drastically. Smart phones, which have the ability of capturing the interest of even adults for hours, are irresistible to a child with games, chat applications, music, videos and several other interesting options. To deal with this problem designate specific hours every day for playing with the smart phone or tablet.
If your child is unusually secretive or asking for an increase in pocket money and his grades are dipping at an alarming level then you have to become alert. A bit of a background check of his or her peer group on social media will help you find out more if your child has serious relationship problems or has run-ins with the law about drugs.
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The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are available to assist families who have children experiencing issues at school. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free 20 minute consultation to discuss your situation. Schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a message.