School: choose it well and stay attentive

Martine Bernier

Health journalist, editor-in-chief

May 5, 2021

The way Switzerland works is so that the education system varies from one canton to another. However, they all have one thing in common: compulsory education extends until the age of 16. Suffice to say that your child is called upon to devote a lot of time to school, which is why it is important to be attentive to what is going on there and to the way in which your son or daughter lives his daily school life.

Apart from classical education, there are more than 60 private schools in our country, welcoming students from kindergarten to maturity, boarding, or day school. Whether you choose one or the other, depending on your wishes and your financial means, two points must obviously remain essential: the quality of education and the well-being of your child.

When to worry?

Regardless of the value of the school and the teachers who work there, some children may go to school becomes a pain, a source of anxiety. While for the vast majority of students, enduring their daily life does not pose a particular problem, it can, in others, engender a real school phobia. This manifests itself in signs ranging from intense anxiety to insomnia, loss of appetite, stomach aches, and depression. Many children have, at one time or another, pretended to be unwell or developed an avoidance strategy so as not to have to face control. If the phenomenon repeats itself and is accompanied by more serious symptoms, this situation should not be allowed to set in without reacting. You have to listen to the child, teach him to deal with his fears while making him understand that you take his feelings seriously. It is essential to identify the cause or causes of his discomfort. If his fear is performance-related, ask yourself: Are you expecting too much of him and subconsciously putting too much pressure on him? Are his anxieties motivated by difficult relations with his comrades? It is very important to react quickly to this pathology of the phobia to avoid too long a drop out of school which would make going back to school more difficult. To do this, do not hesitate to seek help by seeking appropriate medical care.

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