Why doesn’t my child enjoy school and learning?
Regression in under 5’s is a very common behaviour and in many instances is easy to explain and understand. The arrival of a baby brother or sister, mummy going on a long business trip, any changes to their daily routine can cause a return to more immature, baby like behaviour. Becoming more clingy, and more emotionally unstable (Sounds familiar !) are all ways our children try to make themselves feel more secure. To gain some control over their little worlds. Saying NO instead of Yes – is always going to be a safer option, and one which will help the child internally if external conditions have changed.
But we also see this regression in their attitude and aptitude at school – and it should be treated in the same manner – with patience, and an understanding of the cause of the change.
It is not uncommon for a child to recite their ABC’s, match sounds with pictures, and count to 100 one day – and the next day show no understanding or interest in the same activities. Parents and many teachers often feel frustrated with this and push harder to illicit the response they had the day before. Parent’s especially want, and often expect their little ones to move forward day after day, learning and showing more understanding each time. Unfortunately this isn’t how our little ones are made.
This regression or sudden disinterest in an activity or subject can be triggered for many reasons – sometimes very small reasons ! We need to remember that this change is to get the same results as their behaviour change above. That result is safety.