Thursday, June 24, 2010

When kids cry wolf

By Dr Bill Maier

“Mum, I don’t feel good. Can I stay home from school today?”

It is a phrase some parents hear far too often. Some children get sick so often that their parents don’t know when to believe them. They’ll complain of a terrible stomach ache in the morning, but be running through the house by noon. Are they crying wolf, or crying for help?

When children don’t want to go to school, there is usually a reason behind it. They could be avoiding a test they haven’t studied for, or trying to get out of doing homework.

Maybe they enjoy being pampered, or crave mum’s attention. Or they could be avoiding a school bully.

If your child has a habit of faking sickness, talk to him about what’s going on in his school. Ask him questions like: “Who do you enjoy hanging out with?” or “What’s your least favourite class?”

You may open the window to a world of pressures you knew nothing about.


From TODAY, Voices - Wednesday, 16-June-2010
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