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9 Signs Your Child Has School Problems

9 Signs Your Child Has School Problems

School-aged children in America are inherently programmed to think ahead and academically prepare themselves for subsequent academic milestones. Continuously anticipating the next step in academia can lead a young person to develop a variety of problems in school and can also be quite damaging to his or her growth and development. Consider the following nine warning signs that may indicate your child is struggling in school, in no sequential order:

  1. Changes in sleeping or eating habits: most children require eight to ten hours of sleep, nightly to be able to function properly. When a young person lacks ample sleep or disruptions in his or her regular eating habits, it can affect their academic performance. 
  2. Excessive amounts of time spent on homework: the amount of homework assigned is variable, but it is helpful to gain a general idea of how much homework your child is normally given. If your child exhibits a pattern of spending too much time working on his or her homework it may be a sign that they are struggling and may need additional help. 
  3. Behavioral shifts: if your regularly well-behaved child begins to have behavioral problems in school it may be an attempt to distract from the fact that they are struggling.
  4. Distracted or disorganized: the abundance of external stimuli present in the school setting can impact some young people’s school performance and cause them to fall behind. 
  5. Teacher expresses concern
  6. Refusing to talk about school: when a child that usually enjoys discussing what goes on at school suddenly stops doing so it could indicate something is awry. 
  7. Declining grades: if your child consistently produces poor grades, it may be because they have yet to grasp the material being taught to them, which could be evidence that there is a problem worthy of addressing.
  8. Change in attitude about school: if your child does not like how things are going in school, they may become suddenly angry or distant towards school, alternatively, they may complain of boredom.
  9. Avoiding others: some teenagers cope with stress by withdrawing from school activities and friends and instead opting to spend their time alone.  

School is intended to provide students with a safe environment to learn. It is a place that enables young people to explore their own identity, discover how they wish to interact with the world around them, and learn a slew of difficult lessons. Although school is meant to challenge young people, it is also a place to nurture and support the growth and development process of our youth. 

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