How to overcome challenges at school

School is one of the most formative places in a child’s life. It is the place where a child makes their first friends, steps out of the security of their home and interacts with the world at large. School is also where a majority of the early learning takes place, making it a necessity in every kid’s life. However, school can come with its own set of challenges and obstacles. From problems with socialising to handling schoolwork and managing time, each child has to deal with certain challenges during that time of their life. Here are some tips on how children can overcome challenges they face at school:

Make healthy relationships

School is the first place that an individual steps beyond the circle of family and meets others their age. Needless to say, most people find their closest, life-long friends in school. At a young age, the company one keeps has a tremendous impact on one’s life. Friendships in school can shape your life to a large extent, which is why one also needs to be careful with them. Ensure that your friends are the right choices for you and wish you the very best. Steering clear of toxic people will definitely benefit your physical, emotional and mental health overall. 

Learn to manage time

Schoolwork can be a major source of stress for children. While homework, studies and assignments are an important part of school life, they should not be prioritised over one’s mental health. Learning to manage time can help immensely in balancing the play and work aspect of school. Make sure you have plenty of time to complete your assignments and therefore don’t need to pull all-nighters at the last minute. Similarly, make sure you are dedicating enough time for other activities such as sports, art, music, reading, hobbies, etc. so that you don’t overwhelm yourself. 

Steer clear of electronics and social media

We live in a world full of distractions. It is very easy to waste a whole day scrolling through your phone or watching something on your laptop. Social media addiction is a social reality and is very detrimental not only to your studies and academic progress but also to your personal life. This is why it is best to set boundaries early on when it comes to how much time can be spent on electronics and social media. Limit your exposure, especially when you have lots of schoolwork to deal with. 

Never tolerate bullies

Unfortunately, some children suffer from bullying incidents at school no matter how vigilant the teachers and administration are. In such cases, it is best to adopt a zero tolerance attitude towards one’s bullies. Do not let anyone make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe and always try to stand up for yourself or anyone you see getting bullied. If you feel like the bullying is persistent, then feel free to get the teachers, school management and your parents involved. 

Communicate with your family

When facing problems at school, many kids do not think to talk to their parents for a variety of reasons. However, it is equally true that in most cases, speaking to family will actually lead to great solutions to your obstacles. When facing any challenge, it is important to maintain honest and transparent communication with your parents or at least siblings. Anything that is detrimental to your emotional and mental well being must be brought to your elders’ notice so that a path can be found through it. 

Don’t be too hard on yourself

A lot of children, when facing trouble at school, have the tendency to blame themselves and feel like they are the cause of the issue. This attitude will only make things worse. Being overly self-critical is very harmful for your health and can develop into a larger behavioural problem later on in life. It is important to be kind to oneself, to step back when things get too overwhelming and to celebrate small achievements and reward oneself when needed. These things can help you stay positive in life and cope well with whatever challenges school life throws at you. 

At Vidyanchal Pre Primary School, we aim to help children achieve their fullest potential, but not at the cost of their well being. We adopt a holistic approach to learning and growth and provide our students with all the support they need in the most formative years of their lives. Through open communication, supportive teachers, a positive environment, strong policies against bullies and a healthy balance between academics and extracurriculars, Vidyanchal School, Aundh Pune ensures that all children get the space to develop at their own pace, without too much pressure weighing them down.