School is a transition for children, and while it can be an experience of growth and independence, it can also be difficult for children who face certain problems associated in grammar, middle school, high school or college. Knowing what your child/adolescents might experience or encounter during these years can help you prepare him, and maybe even prevent certain problems from surfacing. As always, knowledge is power. Below are a few typical school problems your child/adolescents may have to face.
Make sure your child knows that whatever his challenges might be, you’ll be there to help, offer advice and work through them together.
School Problems Children/Adolescents Might Encounter
- Self-Esteem: Even once confident kids may experience a severe drop in self-esteem at any level of their school years. Your child will compare their selves to his/her peers, and may decide that they just doesn’t measure up to others whom they believes to be smarter, better looking and more popular. It’s difficult to watch a child deal with self-esteem issues, especially when you know how wonderful they really are.
- Academic Pressure: (STRESS) Lets face it, kids are feeling the pressure to perform at the top of their game and are feeling the competition at an earlier age. Some of this pressure comes from the school staff; other times its well meaning parents who place it directly on their kids’ shoulders.
- Temptation: Middle school may be the first time your child decides to experiment with smoking, drinking, drugs and other dangerous behaviors.
- Disappointment or Rejection: Is there a child who doesn’t experience social issues, a broken heart and loss of friendship at some point during their school years? Doubtful. It’s hard for a parent to watch their child experience this, and the heartache that goes with it, but if you’re child hasn’t known rejection or disappointment yet, he will.
- Bullying/Cyber Bullying Bullying can be physical, bullying can be verbal, and bullying can be conducted over social media. (Facebook, SnapChat, Intagram, etc.) Bullying can be done by individuals or by groups, through gossip and exclusion. However, any kind of child-on-child cruelty that is chronically humiliating to the victim is considered bullying.