Boarding schools are a popular concept among parents. Also known as residential schools, they are basically educational institutions. Kids live with fellow students and teachers at boarding schools away from their families. It is institute’s responsibility to provide food and lodging facilities to the students. There have always been two schools of thoughts about significance of boarding schools. On one hand, many parents find boarding schools a necessary thing where kids learn to be disciplined and develop a sense of responsibility. Kids also learn to manage their own life and are better equipped to handle outside world. On the other hand, many parents don’t find residential schools such a big temptation. According to them, kids living at these schools miss family ties and are often prone to undesirable activities and habits. Both sides have their own reasons.
Let’s have a look at several effects of boarding schools on kids. The effects include both positive as well as negative ones. First among the positive effects is definitely the discipline factor. Boarding schools often follow a strict schedule and kids have to follow the rules. In the process, a sense of discipline develops in the child. Children also develop several good habits like eating and sleeping on time, waking up early, exercise regimen etc. a child learns to be more independent as he has to take care of himself. He becomes more responsible and develops the habit of doing chores himself.
Negative effects include detachment from family because of distance. The independent feel gets curbed up in the home environment so child prefers to stay away from the home. Children are also prone to addictive habits like smoking and drinking. This happens because there is no one to look closely after them. Misuse of freedom is another issue.