Here’s a common scenario: It’s time for your child to go to school, and you notice they’re still not showered, dressed, or fed by 7:30 AM as you rush to get ready for work. School starts at 8:00 o’clock, and they’ve been late to class several times already in the past month. He or she sprawls out in bed, saying that they don’t want to go to school because they a) didn’t do an assignment, b) feel ill, c) school’s too easy for them, or d) about a million-plus-one other excuses. But are these really excuses, or signs of something else?
Parents often shirk off this resistance as pure laziness and roll their child out of bed and to the bus stop in the nick of time. However, school refusal, as this phenomenon is aptly deemed, can actually be a result of anxiety.