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How Can I Avoid Struggles With My Child About Going to School?

My 7-year-old son started second grade this year. Every morning he declares that he hates school, and he's not going to go. It's a struggle for us to get out the door. What can we do?
- Dave

Kids have many reasons for not wanting to go to school — separation from home and parents, bullies, assignments and grades, or a teacher.

Talk with your child — and then perhaps with his teacher — to find out more about what's causing his anxiety and about his behavior at school. A school counselor or psychologist also might be able to help.

Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: October 2012