Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this factsheet, you will learn what to do when your child suddenly wants to avoid a certain person, place or activity.

Audience: Parents, caregivers, trusted adults.

Related online course: Teaching Consent To Children

Related education package: eSafety for Kids

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Parent Factsheet: What to do when your child suddenly wants to avoid a certain person, place or activity

Immediate Action

Respect your child’s choice to avoid this activity for a time until you know more about their reasons and delicately monitor your child’s behaviour. If you notice they become anxious, sad or withdrawn, or there are changes in their behaviours or attitudes, tell your child they are safe and a trusted adult can always help. Ask them if they would like to share why they want to avoid something or someone. Reassure them that you will listen carefully and believe their story.


The reasons why a child may suddenly want to avoid a person, place or activity can be so varied that you will need to do some detective work to find out why.

It may be as simple as a child changing their mind about an activity, getting bored of a game or app or feeling stressed about assignments at school. It can also be reasons as confronting as abuse, bullying or trauma. The only

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