What should I do when my child tries to get out of going to school by saying she's sick?

What should I do when my child tries to get out of going to school by saying she's sick?

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Nothing causes parental guilt to kick in faster than a child pleading to stay home with you. Even so, if you're sure that your grade-schooler isn't ill, continue with her normal morning routine. (Be careful not to ask too many leading questions about how she feels, since this will just play into her charade.) If she protests, tell her, "You need to go to school today, just like I need to go to work even when I don't feel like it. But if you're not feeling well we should make sure you get to bed early tonight." Chances are, she'll come around pretty quickly once she hears that.

Think about why your grade-schooler is trying to avoid school. Does she have homework she didn't finish? Friends who are suddenly shunning her? Look for patterns: Does she try to beg off school every gym day, for instance? Rather than letting her skip school, talk with her about better ways to address the problem. Of course, everyone can use a day off now and then, so you may also want to consider giving your child one or two "well" days a year — scheduled in advance — so she doesn't feel the need to use the sickness ploy.

Another reason for your grade-schooler's plea to stay home could be that she's overscheduled. Although she may not actually be sick, she could be so tired that she feels that way. We all have mornings when we'd prefer to stay in bed, of course. But if this "morning sickness" happens frequently, try scaling back your child's schedule so she has more downtime. Cut back on playdates and other after-school activities or classes, and move her bedtime up a bit to help her squeeze in more rest. You may find that this results in fewer requests to stay home.

Watch the video: 5 Best Excuses for Skipping School (May 2022).


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