How can I avoid struggles with my child about going to school?

How can I avoid struggles with my child about going to school?

Q: My 7-year-old son started second grade this year. Every morning he declares that he hates school and he's not going to go. It's a struggle for us to get out the door. What can we do?
Dave

A: Kids have many reasons for not wanting to go to school - separation from home and parents, bullies, assignments and grades, or a teacher. Talk with your child - and then perhaps with his teacher - to find out more about what's causing his anxiety and about his behavior at school. A school counselor or psychologist might also be able to help