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teen: 12-18 yrs.

School is where your child hones skills that are every bit as essential to his all-around development and future success as English, math, science, and social studies, even if they don't appear on a report card. These include critical thinking, problem solving, respecting authority (and, when appropriate, challenging it), asking questions, defending positions and learning to get along with one's peers.

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School Avoidance

Some youngsters for one reason or another are afraid to go to school. Although they may pretend to be sick now and then, they may also have psychosomatic symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and chest pain, which are triggered by emotions, but real nonetheless.