After being out for four weeks, it was time for my kids to go back to school.
Campbell, my eight-year-old, had no problem with it. She never said one thing about not wanting to go. My son, on the other hand, is very vocal about it. And that’s putting it mildly. On Monday, he absolutely refused to go. The only words I heard from him that morning were, “I don’t wanna go to school!” I heard it over and over and over.
Normally, I’m at work in the morning and not there for the kid’s morning routine. But it was a parent swap and my husband was at work and I was off that day. Let’s just say he can have his mornings back.
Caiden would not eat breakfast. He could not brush his teeth. He would not get ready to go! He was a Dr. Seuss book of the worst kind!
So what’s a parent to do? Offer a bribe of course! I said we’d get frozen yogurt after school to “celebrate” going back. Yeah, he didn’t even flinch on that one.
I said he couldn’t play indoor soccer if he didn’t go to school. He didn’t move a muscle except to throw a couple of superhero’s across the room.
I switched gears and played the nice guy, trying to see it from his side and said I know what he’s going through, yada yada yada.
Nothing worked and it was T minus two minutes and counting till the bus rolled up. My blood was starting to boil. This kid was going to school or else!
I got louder. Caiden got louder. It was a stalemate. My mom tried to talk him into going. Between both of us, finally, with no time to spare, we got him out the door. That was the slowest walk to the bus stop I’ve ever seen!
Of course when he got home, he was fine and said he had a good day.
I really dislike starting the day that way. Any advice for sending a super cranky kid to school?
Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.