As parents, it’s important to make sure that your child is getting the best education that is possible. You also want to know that they are growing emotionally and psychologically as well as intellectually.
Unfortunately, there are some times and situations where the school that your child is enrolled in is making him or her unhappy. You don’t want to rush into the situation and pull your child out of the school, especially if it’s the middle of the school year, but you don’t want them to suffer either. You also don’t want to waste valuable time in a place where your child is not learning as they should be.
If these things are happening to your family, here are some steps you can take. Each step progresses, depending on your situation.
Steps To Take When Kids are Unhappy in School
Have a Dialogue with School Admin
Firstly, talk to the teacher and administration at the school. Set a proper appointment, don’t just ambush them along the school corridor. That way, your issue will also be taken seriously.
Sometimes your child’s problem is easier to fix than you might think. In some cases, a child who is gifted will begin to dislike school because it is boring and frustrating for them. In other cases, an undiagnosed learning disability or vision impairment prevents a child from learning and causes them unhappiness and low self-esteem.
If your child is unhappy in school because of something that is fixable, you should try to correct them first before taking more drastic measures. And it really pays to have an open line of communication with the teachers and school principal — it will help you make better and more sound decisions.
Moving to Another School
If your child’s school will not work with you or has no suggestions for improvement regarding your child’s predicament, you may need to consider placing your child in a private school (or if you in public school) or just to move to another private school.
There are many different types of private schools for you to choose from, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. This can be an expensive option and many people rule it out for this reason. Then, there’s also a matter of proximity.
However, there are often scholarships available in private schools. For example, if you’re looking for a Christian private school Tampa, you may be surprised to find out that some schools like the Tampa Bay Christian Academy have scholarships available.
Finally, if traditional private schools seem like a choice that will not fit your family, consider alternative schools. Democratically-run schools or outdoor schools can foster a sense of maturity and responsibility in students that otherwise aren’t getting the stimulation and encouragement that they need in regular schools.
Meanwhile, boarding schools are an option for kids who need to get away from bad influences in their home area or for kids who want to travel and learn a new language and culture. You can search online to find a good school where your child will thrive without sacrificing his or her happiness in life.
And for us, because we are already into it, the best thing to do is to get into homeschooling. Right now, our eldest daughter is already in Level 4 and homeschooling in Bacolod. The second one will yet undergo Kinder 2 in regular preschool and then start homeschooling at Level 1.
We believe that homeschooling is best for our children and it also fits our lifestyles perfectly. We bring them around, we travel as a family, let them attend events, go to museums, and such. Our lives are not structured, but the kids are still learning about life and having good values. It may not be for every family, but this way has been effective for us.
As part of their socialization, I have started the Bacolod Homeschoolers Network — a cooperative among Bacolod homeschooling families so that we can organize monthly activities and even play dates for our children.
Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: