Handling morning school protests can be a tough thing for any mom to navigate.
For parents with children that are not “morning people”, the morning routine can prove problematic. But even the happiest morning child can present some challenges. Every mom has heard “I don’t wanna go to school” at least once or twice in the past few weeks. Some hear it a couple of times a week.
Moms approach school protests differently, but in every case, adopting an attitude of curiosity and patience usually works best.
Why don’t you want to go?
For kids that can express themselves, asking why they feel like not going to school is usually the first place to start. The child might or might now explain, but asking is an expression of acknowledgment.
They might just have real fears of going or be anxious about something that happened. Acknowledging how they feel might make the morning go much easier, but it also helps build the bond between the child and the parent. Dismissing them without attempting to understand how they feel could further deteriorate the situation.
Rally up the community
Consult the teacher to find out if anything happened that could make him reluctant to going back. Some social interactions at school can throw your child off, and the thought of going back might make them anxious.
Asking the teacher or a school administrator for some advice does not insinuate that they are doing something wrong. In most cases, they would be happy to help you figure out what the issue is. A fight with a friend over a toy, for instance, might have made them too upset to want to go back.
Once you know the issue, it is easier to find a solution. You can teach them about sharing, or handling kids that can’t share.
Up the special morning time
Parent-child expert Dr. Jenny Rose advises moms to spend some special time with the kids without making them feel like they are in a hurry to go anywhere. They probably just needed some cuddle time before getting ready for the big world.
Play some games
Have you ever had a bad morning? Kids have those too. And sometimes, a fun game that makes them laugh could be just the thing. “Make them laugh so much that when they want to go, you tell them you don’t want them to go,” Dr. Jenny says.
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