Getting kids ready for school and out the door is basically the parenting equivalent of being in a decathlon. (Our least favorite event? Tooth brushing.) Except instead of a gold medal at the end, your reward is a quiet house where you can finally sit back with a hot cup of coffee, knowing that your offspring are being educated and cared for.
But just as you’ve made it through the getting dressed portion of the race, your kid throws a wrench into the morning routine that threatens to derail the whole thing. “I don’t want to go to school!” she says, stomping her feet.
“But you love school!” you immediately reply. And it’s true—you know she adores her teachers and her friends, plus it’s art class today which is her favorite! So, what gives?
First of all, know that this is very common. Wanting to stay home is totally normal, experts say. (Be honest—wouldn’t you rather stay home most days too?)