I’m sure I wasn’t the only parent dealing with a sobbing child this morning for the dreaded back to school, after a 2 week winter break. The tears were flowing, the repeated phrase of, “I hate school! I’m not going!” and the refusal to eat breakfast.
The situation could have gotten ugly if I began to rush him and didn’t really listen to what he was saying. So, I took a deep breath and just sat with him. I had patience and validated his feelings. I told him that most kids are feeling this way and I remember as a kid going through the back to school blues too.
He seemed to feel a bit better and let me help him get ready.
As I dropped him off, I looked back to a sad boy, but one who had felt supported and was willing to walk into the school without a fight or cry. I hope he will come home with a smile on his face.
Anyone else have a similar morning?