My kiddo expressed last night how much she dislikes school? It's really about the homework grind that never ends. (She has good friends, is involved and likes the social part but...) Her quote, "It's really bad at school. Kids are overwhelmed and stressed out, all the time. I am so tired of all of this." I feel for these kids. We as adults would never go to work all day, come home (maybe after a sport or activity) eat dinner and go back to work for 2 to 3 hours every night on stuff we really don't enjoy or see how it connects to our lives. And never have a weekend free! What can one do? I hate seeing my kid lose their love of learning.
Please share any other tips for families experiencing school refusal or transitions back. From PACER: Mental health resource: school refusal Returning to school after a break can be difficult, especially for children and youth with mental health challenges. For some children it is like starting another first day of school. The expectations that go with returning to school can be overwhelming: Will I remember what I was taught before break? Will I still have problems with some of my classmates? Will I get behind on classwork/homework again? For some children, but especially those with ongoing mental health challenges, the anticipation of returning to school can escalate emotions. Check out PACER’s resources on mental health and school refusal for more information on what parents can do when school refusal becomes an issue: Mental Health and School Avoidance: What parents need to know (pdf) Mental Health and School Avoidance: Tips on developing an educational plan for your child (pdf)