Yesterday, she said her throat was scratchy. Last Tuesday, it was her head. She could be having an unlucky string of illnesses. Or it could be a case of school refusal.
If it’s the latter, here’s what to do:
• Figure out the cause. Is she being bullied? If so, you must intervene. Does she show signs of an emotional disorder such as anxiety or depression? Speak with her counselor or pediatrician about what to do.
• Look for other causes. Is school boring? Is she trying to avoid taking tests? Talk to her about her feelings—but remind her that she’s expected to attend school either way.
• Use positive reinforcement. Praise her when she gets up and out on time.
• Know when to get help. If she continues to avoid school despite your best efforts, it’s time to seek professional help.
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