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Two Misconceptions About Boarding Schools

There are quite a lot of misconceptions about boarding schools that can deter parents from sending their children to these educational facilities to complete their K-12 education. Read on to find out more and debunk some myths.

1. You'll hardly see your kids 

One major myth about boarding schools is that parents who send their kids to these facilities rarely get a chance to see or speak to them during the school year. This is really not the case and in fact, many parents find that overall, they end up speaking to their kids more frequently after enrolling them in these schools.

Both children and parents alike tend to make more of a conscious effort to stay in touch with one another, precisely because they are physically far away from one another during the weekdays. As such, children tend to be more eager to, for example, message their parents to tell them about what happened at school that day or open up to them when they have a problem or some good news to share.

Conversely, whilst technically, a child who goes to a day school might spend more time in the same house as their parents than one who goes to boarding school, the former might not communicate with their parents quite as much (or vice versa), precisely because they take their proximity to these close relatives for granted. As such, they may spend their evenings watching television or browsing websites in different rooms and rarely speaking to each other about anything of significance.

2. Children are given too much freedom at boarding schools

A second misconception is that children who complete their K-12 education at these schools are given far too much freedom, that can result in them going a bit wild and not fulfilling their potential. Again, this is not very accurate. Whilst it is true that attending boarding school can encourage a child to not always run to their parents when they need something and to instead work out how to accomplish certain things on their own, the staff at these facilities are well-aware of the importance of structure and adult supervision in a child's life and will step in and fulfil some of the roles that a parent who is living far away cannot.

A child who boards will always have a reliable, trustworthy adult whom they can turn to when they require immediate guidance and who will quickly notice and put a stop to any inclination towards laziness or rebelliousness that a child might develop whilst they're away from home. Contact various boarding schools to learn more.