“I hate school. It’s no fun. It’s too much work.”
I have one child who resists going to school. She has tons of friends, a lovely teacher, and comes out of class smiling, but every morning it’s the same routine. Groaning about school. No matter what’s on her calendar for that day, she hates it. “Ugh, I hate gym. I hate music. I hate swimming.” And she’s only 5!!
Granted the school we are at I do think is a little TOO intense (we are in the British School system.) And she is the youngest in her class, which is a huge disadvantageat this age. In fact, her due date (2 weeks later than she arrived) would have put her into the year below where she is. So, she finds the school work harder than most of her peers.
I try to show her how much she’s learning (and she is!). I have talked to her teacher, who is trying to find more time for “fun” and constantly encouraging my daughter. I remind her that if she works hard, she will learn, and that she is good at many things that other’s may not be. But I don’t think kids have the capacity to listen to that and get comfort from it.
So what do I do? I have to be the “bad guy” in terms of actually physically getting her to school every day. Even though I tell her, it’s her job, it’s the law, it’s still me fighting to get her dressed, fed and out of the house.
Anyone out there in a similar situation? Any advice?