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#1 of 2 Old 05-20-2008, 05:02 PM - Thread Starter
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If this is a recipe for disaster, any ideas for a remedy?

Tried to get ready for work and nursery school this morning, and DS (2.5) had a total meltdown. It's usually not too hard to get out the door because he loves his school, but oh boy, not today. After realizing I'd be late for my only appointment of the day, I called in sick, and am home with DS today. I hope that this doesn't lead to a pattern of throwing tantrums on purpose to avoid the transition to school.
I felt that he might need a mommy day today, and that I just wasn't up for the challenge of a rushed, forced transition.
A few things that made this morning especially hard:
1. DH usually drops DS off at school, but had to go to work early for a meeting.
2. Last school day, DS got uncomfortably hot and started crying for me (the first time in a long time he's seemed to miss me while at school).
3. Something in the air, I guess. I was feeling kind of blue (didn't know why), and DS seemed to sense that. AFTER we decided to stay home, I found out that a son of a friend of mine passed away last night.

I'm taking a quick computer break while DS is looking at a book alone, but I'm trying to have a mellow and fun morning together. Just am hoping we don't have a repeat next school/work day.

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Two things in your post raised red flags to me. You said DS cried for you during the last school day, and then he didn't want to go to school today. Is it possible something changed at scool and that is distressing him enough to make him not want to go? Is it possible he may be getting bullied at school?

If I were you I would investigate these concerns with the school and not take the situation lightly. There could be something more going on there than you're aware of.
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