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Why Does My Child Daydream So Much During Class?

By Rayma Griffin, MEd

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Question: The teacher says my child daydreams a lot in class. Why is that happening? Could it be boredom?

Answer:

It’s not uncommon for kids to daydream when they’re bored, both in and out of school. That well may be what’s happening with your child. The important thing is to find out.

There are lots of reasons kids get bored in class. One is that they already know the material. Another is they have no interest in the topic. It’s also possible the teacher is presenting the material in a way that doesn’t engage them.

Sometimes kids look like they’re daydreaming when they’re actually thinking very hard. But not about what’s going on in class. Instead, they may be focused on something that’s happening at home or with friends. They’re thinking hard about something that’s more important to them.

These are all things to think about when you explore why your child is, or seems to be, daydreaming. But you should also consider whether other challenges are behind it.

Some kids who learn and think differently struggle with focus. To know what’s going on, you’ll need more information. Ask the teacher for details, like when the daydreaming happens, how long it lasts, and whether your child is struggling in some way. Without being critical, you can also ask your child if it’s hard to focus in class, and why.

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