As much as most of us don’t want to think about it, from time to time, most children will have a bad day at school. The cause of the problem could be anything from a difficult lesson to sustained bullying, but whatever is happening, there are a few strategies that you can use to find out more about exactly what your child is going through, and help them to overcome the problem that they are having. Read on, and we will share some of this tried and tested advice with you. Don’t forget, that if your child is suffering from serious bullying, that there are plenty of resources and charities out there, that can help you to get through it.
The first thing that you can do, if your child comes home complaining of a stressful day, is to listen to what they actually have to say. At one time or another, most of us can be guilty of listening to the first few things that our child says, and filling in the rest of the narrative on our own. Your child needs your help in coming up with a solution to the issue they have. They understand what happened to them, and how it made them feel, meaning that they don’t need you to tell them that bit.
The next point where you need to be careful is in deciding just quite how big and important any particular issue is. Kids have a tendency to blow things out of proportion and make things seem like the end of the world when they are actually not. Just because one day has been bad, doesn’t mean that you have a severe problem on your hands. However, if you hear about the same issue for several days on the trot, then the odds are that it is a little bit more serious, and the time has come to get in touch with the school.
Most teachers will be glad to hear from you, (in moderation), and keen to work with you to resolve whatever issues you have. Try and get in touch reasonably early, so that the problem has not grown too large before you make your move. That will make it easier to resolve.