Mandurah education expert offers tips to tell if your child is struggling at school


Natalie Hainsworth.
Natalie Hainsworth.

THERE is an old saying that ‘Schooldays are the Best Days of our Lives’.

Yet, when adults have been interviewed about their school days, between 30 and 50 per cent of these adults said they had not enjoyed school and they struggled.

So, maybe that saying about schooldays isn’t as rosy as it first seems.

More importantly, how do you really know whether your child is struggling?

Of course, there are many reasons why a child could struggle – social connections, classwork, physical education are all part of these.

The reality of parenting is that you know your child better than anybody else does, so could any of these reasons fit, from your observations? What do your instincts tell you?

If you have inkling that your child may be struggling, talk to your child, talk to the school – but don’t just keep the information to yourself.

Signs your child is struggling at school

1. Make up excuses why they can’t go to school
2. Don’t want to go to school
3. Say they never have any homework
4. Get poor marks at school
5. Don’t hand in work at school

Our experiences are that the parent instincts that “something isn’t right” is inevitably correct.

Finding the reason takes some conversation and detective work to determine what the issue actually is, and therefore the best approach for that child.

Ideally, early attention and a plan to focus on the goal of lifelong learning both restores confidence and self-esteem and helps resolve the struggling at school.

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