Do your children enjoy going to school?
Or is school a place that can trigger anxiety for them?
As a child, and even as a teenager, I LOVED school. I loved learning – I still do. I loved my teachers. I loved participating in activities. I loved the routine of the day.
But when I was teaching, it was evident that not all kids enjoyed school like I did. And the mere thought of some of the above-mentioned things could trigger major anxiety for kids.
Some children relish in the rules and routines at school. It’s the stability they need, and a comfort they enjoy.
However, some children feel restricted by rules and routines. They feel trapped and confused by what rules they need to follow and when. Some can’t process why such rules exist.
Some children thrive on the social aspect of school. They love to play with their friends, and work in groups with their peers.
On the other hand, some children become extremely overwhelmed in social situations. They find it hard to make friends. They prefer to work alone. Some even find it really hard to read social cues and this can cause conflict and unease.
Some children are excited by learning new things. Some even excel academically.
Other children find learning extremely difficult, and complicated. They find processing information tedious, challenging and sometimes even boring.
All children are different. All children learn differently. And all children respond to things differently.
If there is one thing I truly believe, it’s the importance of having an open dialogue with your child’s teacher.
As a former teacher, the more I knew about a child – what worked for them, what didn’t, what they loved, what they didn’t love, what triggered their anxiety, what helped manage their anxiety – the more pleasant their school experience could be.
I strongly encourage you to tell your child’s teacher as MUCH as you can about your child!!! I know I really appreciated chatting to parents. Teachers only see children for about 6 hours a day… That’s only a snapshot of their entire day. The more they know, the better it is for your child.
I can vouch for that!