Should I Let My Child Drop Out of a Class if He Wants To

Should I Let My Child Drop Out of a Class if He Wants To

Should I let my child drop out of a class if he wants to?

It's not unusual for a child's interest in a recreation program to dwindle as the weeks go by. You may hear, "I'll go another day," or "I don't want to go." Often because of a rigid structure or competition, the classes stop being fun. Think back to your own experience with recreation programs. The classes that you enjoyed and continued to attend were ones that provided fun, acceptance, and positive feedback. The ones you disliked made you feel unaccepted and pressured.

If your child wants to drop out of a recreation class, discuss the situation with him and then with the instructors. They can help you decide whether you should spend some sessions helping your child adjust or whether he should stop attending. Don't force him to continue in a class he's not enjoying, since such pressure is likely to increase his resistance to taking other classes. And don't worry that quitting will make him a habitual "quitter." He's too young to have understood what he was getting into or to need a lesson in perseverance. Just continue to expose him to a variety of experiences and activities so he can figure out what interests him and develop new skills.

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