Integrated Family Community Services 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110-1816 Ph: 303-789-0501

What Can a Parent Do When Their Child Hates School?

For some children, school is a fun and enjoyable place to be. However, many parents struggle with children who dislike it. Does your child hate school? If so, here are a few tips to follow:
What Can a Parent Do When Their Child Hates School?

1. Talk to your child.

In a comfortable setting, try to understand why he or she dislikes school. Is it difficult to see the whiteboard? Are there bullies? Find out if the problem is with the teacher, other children, the curriculum, or something else altogether. Once discovered, many of these issues can be easily addressed.

2. Talk to the teacher.

Explain your child’s feelings about school, and ask about any struggles or problems the teacher may have noticed. Discuss specific concerns and ask him or her for advice.

3. Volunteer in the classroom.

Seeing parents in their school environment can comfort and encourage children. Show your child that you are excited to be there and talk positively about your experience. While volunteering, observe the class and look for any reasons why your child may dislike being there.

4. Help with homework.

Set a designated time each day for homework and help your child develop consistent study habits. Be willing to help and show your support.

5. Create an incentive program.

For some students the prospect of receiving good grades is an incentive enough, but others may need more encouragement. Rewards can be as simple as watching a favorite television show after they finish their homework, or can be based on a point system. Once you create a plan with your child, be consistent. If your child has difficulty meeting the goals, adjust the plan accordingly.

4. Encourage extracurricular reading at home.

Reading skills are an integral part of every subject in school. Helping your child become a better reader will improve their experience in class overall. Visit your local library or bookstore and pick out fun books to read. Teach by example and let your child see you reading for fun.

5. Provide fun learning activities at home.

Try hands-on, fun activities that implement the concepts they learn at school. Cook food and play games from different countries they are learning about. Purchase an inexpensive microscope from and conduct fun science experiments. Make their required reading come alive by acting out the story complete with homemade costumes. When your child sees the concepts and information from school in action, he or she will be more motivated to learn.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

Find Us on Social Media

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /usr/www/users/ifcs/wp-content/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/custom-facebook-feed.php on line 1107

This message is only visible to admins.

Problem displaying Facebook posts.
Click to show error

Error: Error validating access token: Session has expired on Saturday, 09-Feb-19 10:16:27 PST. The current time is Tuesday, 19-Nov-19 03:37:04 PST.
Type: OAuthException
Subcode: 463
Solution: See here for how to solve this error

IFCS On Twitter

Thank you so much to @ChristianBros Highlands Ranch, Arapahoe Road, and Ken Caryl for helping our clients last weekend, they took care of so many ailing hearts and sick vehicles. Though the hope they gave, lives were changed. We so appreciate your support of IFCS year-round!

Sarah &Javon, Arapahoe Community College Dean of Students sharing excitement for the Food Bank. We visited last week to learn more about the school's programs for students in need and to explore opportunities for collaboration.

Thank you to Rotary Club of Highlands Ranch for their continuous support of our Hunger Alleviation Programs. We are proud to partner with them. Thank you for being a Gold Sponsor of the October 26th Boo-athon Halloween Bowling event.

Load More...

Key Sponsors

Our Affliations




Sign Up for our eNewsletter

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy

IFCS follows the USDA non-discrimination policy. Learn more by clicking here to read the statement. (PDF)