Mumbling Mommy

When you send your children to school, you want them to be happy. You want them to get the most out of their time there and to learn as much as possible about all kinds of different things. In the end, you want them to get the best education possible so they have plenty of choice when it comes to the rest of their lives. 

As much as you might want all these things, some children just find school to be something they dislike; learning in the way that schools teach isn’t for everyone, after all, which is why college is only one option, and going straight to work or taking in an apprenticeship can work well, for example.

Yet it might not be that your child simply doesn’t learn in the same way school teaches; there might be another reason that your child doesn’t like school, and working out what that is could make all the difference. Read on for some examples that might help you determine what the issue actually is. 

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One of the most common reasons why a child might not like going to school is that they’re bored there. It could be that what they’re learning just isn’t something they’re interested in, or that it’s too easy for them – or too hard. In all these situations, they won’t be able to fully focus on what they are being taught, and they’ll quickly become bored, meaning they won’t enjoy going to school at all. 

If this could be the issue, it’s important that parents speak to their children’s teachers to understand more about what they’re learning and how they are coming along. It might be that there are ways to make learning more fun or to engage the child in a different way, and this could be what changes them from being a bored student to being one who actually likes learning. 


Well-meaning parents, other loved ones, and even teachers can accidentally put a lot of stress on a child and make it so that they get overwhelmed and feel too much pressure at school and linked to their schoolwork. Giving children too many tasks, overloading them with extracurricular activities, booking extra tutoring, and setting high expectations might seem like the perfect thing to do as a parent, and it can work well if your child is academically inclined or has a specific gift in a certain area. However, for many children, it can just be too much, and do more harm than good. 

It’s vital that you give your child the space they need to explore their own interests and work out what it is they enjoy. They also need time to relax and do nothing, and to try other activities that aren’t linked to schoolwork in any way. 

A good idea is to speak to your children and make sure they’re not feeling too much pressure or stress about school and what they’re expected to do. Make sure you always encourage them to do their best, but that they know mistakes are just a natural part of the learning process, and making them isn’t the end of the world, as this will relieve a lot of pressure and help them enjoy their lessons much more. 

Hearing And Sight Problems 

Undiagnosed hearing and sight problems can definitely have an impact on how much a child enjoys school. If a child struggles to hear their teacher or they can’t read their school books, computer screen, or any screens used in the classroom very well, they are going to miss out on a lot, meaning their grades will probably be lower than expected. They’ll get frustrated with themselves and the people around them, and they won’t reach their full potential. 

This is why it’s so important to schedule regular checkups with experts to ensure your child’s hearing and vision are good and, if it’s not, to deal with it quickly. This might mean needing to wear glasses, for example, or perhaps a hearing aid of some kind. When you know how hearing loss affects learning, you’ll definitely see how much of a positive difference getting help and using the equipment provided will make. 


Bullying can be a real issue at school and lead to a lot of emotional distress that will cause them to lose interest in their studies. They’ll develop negative feelings towards school as a whole, and they might even become anxious and withdrawn – their studies will definitely suffer. 

If you notice a change in your child’s behaviour, it’s important to work out what the underlying cause might be, and to find out if your child is being bullied or harassed in any way. Have a conversation with your child’s teachers and see if they know what is happening, and encourage your child to be as open as possible with you. Once the problem is spoken aloud, you’ll be able to do something about it. 

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