Anxious children may be afraid to go to school.
It is normal for some students to experience dread when it comes to school. The school week can arrive way too soon after a pleasant and relaxing weekend doing the things they enjoy. However, some children have an irrational fear of learning. That is not just a fear of doing poorly in school or avoidance of bullies. At the later stages in a child’s life, this fear can physically manifest as symptoms. They could feel anxious about being around other children, interacting with teachers, doing their homework, or taking tests. Your child could not want to participate in physical education classes or after-school activities.
If you think that your children might have school-related anxiety issues, you should pay particular attention. A child can start complaining about feeling too ill to go to school. They may even begin to show gastrointestinal distress; thus, experiencing diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea. If allowed to stay home, the symptoms will subside since that fear is no longer there. The symptoms may then come back when the idea of attending school comes back into the conversation. Children may not know why they are sick, but something is causing the problem. Talking with your child about school phobia can help you pinpoint the reason for the anxiety.