03. 09. 12. - 16:48
Parents urged to help kids want to go to school
As schools throughout the country open after the summer holidays it was revealed that more than one in seven of pupils are scared of going back.
Psychologist Matilde Zeman from the Vienna School Board said many children welcomed school start, but others were not necessarily happy once class starts again - and it was up to parents to turn the fear around.
She said the best way was to work on the natural curiosity of the children - especially the youngsters.
She said this curiosity had to be more encouraged to make children feel good all the way through school. As a parent to say things like "You will learn a lot which you can tell me about later" was a good example of positive motivation.
According to the psychologist even little details like cleaning up the desk or hanging up some pictures on the walls can help a child to feel more comfortable.
If the grades from the past year were not good enough the holiday time should be used as a time of analysing the reasons for the weak grades, she said.
And up to 15 per cent of pupils suffer from "school fear" she said - adding it was important to explain to children that it can be normal in phases of new orientation for their grades to be weak.
Parents also have to support children by telling them grades have nothing to do with loving them. Otherwise the problem of school fear ends up in a vicious circle.
Also the fact of the child maybe being not in the right type of school has to be considered by parents who should always review and assess progress in this regard.