Magazine article Work & Family Life

When School First Starts You Will Often Hear Kids

Magazine article Work & Family Life

When School First Starts You Will Often Hear Kids

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When school first starts you will often hear kids complaining about new teachers. These complaints may be masking other anxieties and may have very little to do with the teacher. How you respond should depend on the child's age and your sensitivity to figuring out what's really going on.

Some children automatically say they hate their teacher at the start of the school year. These are kids who typically have trouble adjusting to change and need extra time and support to feel comfortable in an unfamiliar situation.

Elementary school children's complaints about teachers are often a way of expressing frustration about something else: they're in a class this year without their friends or now they have to contend with a bully in the school yard. As psychologist Dr. Lawrence Kutner points out, "While adults think of school mostly in terms of academics, children view it primarily as a social experience. …

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