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Malingering at School

The child feels vexed at the excessive homework that it has to do and resents being told to study.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 30, 2003 22:58 IST
PTI

Just when parents begin to think that their children who have reached the age of seven or eight have settled down to school and are getting used to it there comes a fresh set of problems for parents to contend with.

The child feels vexed at the "excessive" homework that it has to do and resents being constantly told to study. Gradually, this may result in the child developing a dislike for school.

It is not advisable for parents to pity their children for the amount of homework they have to do. Children are quick learners and are able to grasp things quicker than adults. For example when a family moves from one state to another it is often the children who are the first to grasp the language of the new state. (By the same reason, they are also the first to forget the language when the family moves again).

So if children express a dislike for school it is more likely that he or she dislikes the environment or someone specific in school rather than schoolwork itself. The child with problems in school usually tries to think up ways of avoiding school. Commonly, the child may feign illnesses such as stomach pain, headache or fainting spells.

The moment the parent allows the child to absent himself from school for the day, these ailments may disappear. Parents are advised to encourage their children to go to school by pointing out examples of the child's idols who have done well academically. (At this point parents should not talk about cine stars or sportsmen who have hardly been to school.)

(Source: Webhealthcentre.com)

First Published: Jul 30, 2003 22:58 IST