Christine Carter on “I don’t want to go to school!”

Raising Happiness author Christine Carter says the secret isn't to elevate the drama. For better results, do this instead.

Here’s how 4 other parenting experts say to respond…


Deborah Tillman
The star of America’s Supernanny tells parents that unless it’s a special case, they need to use a tough-love approach when kids voice this complaint. Format: Article

Jane Bluestein
The author of The Win-Win Classroom says too many adults respond in the worst way possible. Here’s how to do better when your child comes to you with school refusal. Format: Article

Sh*tty Mom
Let’s face it, says Sh*tty Mom co-author Mary Ann Zoellner, school exists to get kids out of the house. Here’s her tough-love, no-truancy approach to make sure they go. Format: Video (0:46)

Jane Healy
If parents hear this repeatedly, the bestselling author of Your Child’s Growing Mind says they need to spring into action and do these two things. Format: Article

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