You get a sick feeling when the alarm goes off on Monday morning. It’s not the first alarm, the one that has you crawling out of bed. No, this is the reminder to wake your child for school. The child who doesn’t really want to go. You climb the stairs, take a deep breath, and enter. Using a calm and positive voice you tell him the time and ask him to get up. He simply tugs the duvet over his head. But you know that this could mean anything. So you try again in 10 minutes. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes the dance continues until the school bus has been and gone, and then you taste that feeling of bitter failure once again. Mornings like these are guaranteed to make most parents feel helpless, hopeless and useless.
Your child will be feeling miserable too. True school refusal is nothing to do with your child being naughty or bold, but more to do with fear and anxiety. They know you want them to go to school and they may want to go themselves, but they just can’t.
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