Expelled from School—Getting Back on the Track

Expelled from School—Getting Back on the Track

Discovering the root cause and finding hope.

 

While having a child expelled from school can initially feel like life has flown off the tracks, eventually you will be able to look back and see God’s guiding hand shaping the situation for you and your child’s joy, hope, and restoration. Just like when God brought Israel back from exile, His promises remain: “Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy” (Isaiah 61:7).

This article is Part 3 of a three-part series on processing and responding to a child being expelled from school.

  • Part 1: How to deal with your own emotions about your child being expelled from school.
  • Part 2: How to help your child work through his or her emotions about being expelled.
  • Part 3: How to discover the source of the problem and get your child back on the tracks in his or her education.
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Expelled from School—It’s a Wild Ride

Expelled from School—It’s a Wild Ride

Dealing With Your Student’s Emotions

Being expelled from school can initiate a rollercoaster of emotions for both you and your child. Make sure you keep your lap belts on and your head against the headrest. You’ll get through this, and your own sense of calm can be a comfort to your child in this time. Over time, both of you will be able to look back at the situation and say, “Remember that one time when you were expelled from school?” and see all the ways God used it to help you learn and grow.

 

This article is Part 2 of a three-part series on processing and responding to a child being expelled from school.

 

Part 1: How to deal with your own emotions about your child being expelled.

Part 2: How to help your child work through their emotions about being expelled.

Part 3: How to discover the source of the problem and get your child back on track in his or her education.

 

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Expelled from School—Riding the Roller Coaster

Expelled from School—Riding the Roller Coaster

Part 1: Expelled from School—Riding the Roller Coaster

If your child has recently been expelled from school, this may be an uncertain time for your family. You have suddenly been forced to take a new direction in your child’s education. While the educational journey has taken a turn, you may also find yourself on a bit of an emotional roller coaster.

While you are riding the waves of emotion it can be comforting to find that you are not riding alone. Many parents have been—and are currently—in your place, researching what to do when their child is expelled from school. In fact, according to a 2006 study by the National Center for Education Statistics, over 100,000 public elementary and secondary school students are expelled each year. Remembering this can help you maintain perspective. And while you are realizing you are not alone, send up a prayer for those families, too.

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