There is a very noticeable moment when your children begin to struggle at school, and it often starts with their behavior at home with you. Some parents – the ones that are stretched with more than one child plus a job – don’t necessarily notice this bit in the beginning. It makes sense: children go through peaks and troughs with their behavior and they’re not going to get it right all the time. However, as their parent, you have to do whatever you can do to make sure that your child feels like they have your support no matter what.

They might be struggling at school, but that doesn’t mean that you will be able to fix it immediately for them. You might not even notice the signs that a struggle is ongoing, and that can be even scarier for you as a parent. You have to do what you can to recognize when your kids are struggling. This way, you can help with solutions and get them back on track with their learning and activities to engage K-12 students. Your kids deserve your support, and you deserve to know what’s going on with your kids. So, with this in mind, here are six signs your kids are struggling. 

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  1. They stop talking to you about school. Those regular after school conversations about their day have stopped, and your children are no longer telling you what they’re up to in their day to day at school. It’s new and you notice it immediately – this is a good sign that things aren’t rosy in school right now. It’s a difficult topic to broach, but give your child space and let them know that you are there for them whatever they need.
  2. They no longer want to even go to school. Some kids love being in school. They thrive in their learning and they want to go every day and see their friends. If they suddenly become distant about school or angry about going in the first place, there’s a chance that something is going to stop their joy of learning they’d always had. 
  3. They’re not sleeping or eating. Sometimes, the first thing to go when a child is unhappy is the basics. They are either sleeping too late, or they’re up half the night trying to get to sleep in the first place. These issues often stem from worrying and you can pick this up pretty quickly if you are watching your children with a keen eye!
  4. They’re spending too long on homework. Yes, there’s such a thing! Too much time on homework is often a sign of struggling with the learning and trying to get their head around it. It’s also a sign that they are finding the workload exhausting and they can’t manage it.
  5. Their teacher is concerned. If this comes up for you and your child, then it’s time to sit up and pay attention to what’s going on. Teachers will always speak up when they notice issues.