When Kids Cry Wolf

“Mum, I don’t feel good. Can I stay home from school today?” It’s a phrase some parents hear far too often.

Some kids get sick so often that parents don’t know when to believe them. They’ll complain of a terrible stomachache in the morning, but be running through the house by noon. Are they crying wolf, or crying for help?

When kids don’t want to go to school, there’s 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 parent attention. Or they could be avoiding a school bully.

If your child has a habit of faking sickness, talk to them about what’s going on in their school. Ask 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.

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