Top 10 Reasons Why Children Are Afraid of Going to School

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Childhood is that part of life that is considered to be the best. We were thought how to sit, how to stand up, how to walk, how to eat etc. The only two things that children knew when they were born was to cry and laugh. They cry without a reason and laugh whole heartedly for no reason. All these basic actions is what parents and family members teach children at home.

Until children reach 3 years of age, they are not so strong to face the outside world to grasp things . They are brought up with parents love and grandparents care. They are taken care of within the four walls of the house. Every step the child takes is continuously monitored and is corrected when wrong and appreciated when right in the way the child understands. When it is time for children to come out of their cocoon and enter a new place ‘the school’ ,it becomes their most scariest adventure. From the time of admissions itself parents keep telling their child beautiful things about school and what all the child gets to play there. The child initially will accept it and feel he/she would enjoy being there but when it is time for them to actually enter school on the first day, tears just flow down their soft cheeks. They themselves don’t realize why they are crying. But the need of a child getting the basic education is very important and that is what will be running in parents mind. So let us know the few top reasons that would make children scared of going to school as below.


1. Fear within them.

fear within them

Some children have this inferiority complex. They just don’t feel good when they are among friends who are more talented than them. They get this feeling of not being good in anything and they fear to face anyone. When asked a question they keep quiet even when they know the answer. Such behavior is mainly due to some kind of fear that they have within them that just cannot be told or expressed. At such time, they get this strong feeling of being just at home and away from school, in a place where they are held high up always.

Enjoy this childhood because it can be lived just once and parents be very sensitive to notice even the smallest changes in your child and correct them because its either now or never!


2. Over protective parents.

over protective parents

A mother is the first teacher to her child. She needs to correct her child on his/her mistake. Being protective is nature’s gift to parents but misusing this by being over protective deteriorates the child’s growth. If every step is taken by parents in order to keep the child safe, when will the child learn to take his/her own steps? And if this need continues even at school, in such a place where there are so many children to be taken care of, it’s so natural that the child feels ignored or left out when not given complete attention and there by loses interest in going to school.


3. Separation anxiety.

separation anxiety

It starts right from when the child enters the school gate and sees his/her mother waving a bye to them. This is when they try running back to their parents with a feeling that they would be leaving them forever. At that moment kids don’t realize that it’s just a matter of few hours and they will get back home soon. This separation may result in changes seen in the child’s behavior and the child wanting to be lonely and away from school.


4. Travelling means – overloaded vans!

travel means

Means to travel to school are many. Majority of school children travel in school vans or auto rickshaws to schools. A few of them have their father dropping them on their way to work and the remaining walk up to school. When speaking about this majority, it is one cruel scene to see so many children literally stuffed into one auto, all their bags hanging out and each one sitting on anothers lap. This maybe a ‘making money’ trick to auto drivers but the condition of children is pathetic. Their shoes are stamped and uniform gets crumpled. Which child would feel like going to school in such a bad condition early morning?


5. Scared of tests.

scared of tests

Many student suffer from ‘Testophobia’-fear of taking tests. It is not something new. Children are scared of tests maybe because they are scared of scoring low, being scolded from parents or teachers if they got a low score, fear of time while writing tests(for a slow writer), fear of friends neglecting them etc. All these are very common aspects we see in children as they grow up. This fear is very dangerous and children must be counseled before hand to make them feel better about tests. So, it’s obvious that they fall sick at such times and avoid school.


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