How to handling students who struggle in accepting "no" from their parents?

Arise International School
How to handling students who struggle in accepting "no" from their parents?

03 May 2024

Handling students who struggle with accepting "no" from their parents requires a delicate balance of empathy, communication, and boundary-setting. Here's a guide on how to navigate this situation:

Firstly, acknowledge the student's feelings. Understand that hearing "no" from their parents might be challenging for them, and validate their emotions. Let them know that it's okay to feel disappointed or upset.

Next, encourage open communication. Create a safe space where students feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and concerns. Listen actively to their perspective without judgment, and encourage them to articulate why they're having difficulty accepting their parents' decision.

Provide perspective. Help students understand that parents make decisions based on what they believe is best for their children, even if it's not always what the child wants in the moment. Offer examples from your own experiences or stories of others who have faced similar situations.

Set boundaries. While it's important to empathize with students, it's also essential to maintain clear boundaries. Reinforce that it's not appropriate to argue with or disrespect their parents. Encourage healthy ways to express disagreement, such as calmly discussing their feelings or writing a letter.

Offer coping strategies. Teach students healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with disappointment, such as deep breathing exercises, journaling, or engaging in a favorite hobby.

Involve parents when necessary. If the situation persists or escalates, consider involving the parents in a constructive conversation. Facilitate a dialogue where both parties can express their concerns and work together to find a solution.

Ultimately, by fostering open communication, empathy, and respect, you can help students navigate their emotions and learn to accept "no" from their parents in a constructive manner.


EYP Coordinator

Ms. Vaishali Jirali