I was the kid who got the perfect attendance award at the end of the year. I am truly trying to think of a time a stayed home from school and I can only think of a few times. In the earlier years, around 2nd grade, I probably could have gone to school but I convinced my Mom to stay home. I knew it would be amazing; watch TV all day with my Mom while she brought me food and doted on me. Wrong. I can hear her words now, “If you are too sick to go to school, you are too sick to get out of bed.” I am sure there were times after that when I tried the “but, Mommy, my tummy hurts” bit but school always sounded more exciting than staring at my bedroom ceiling.
Later in my adolescent years, in 8th grade, I was truly terrified of boys and dating. My Dad made sure of that! Nonetheless, kids taunted me at school for several days for not accepting a boys request to be his girlfriend. Whatever “girlfriend” meant in the 8th grade, I had no interest in knowing. The only way to avoid this was by not going to school. My Mom went to work earlier than I did and I just stayed home. What I didn’t know, is that she came home on her lunch breaks. When she walked through the door, I attempted to be sick, knowing I would fail miserably. She saw right through it. I had to confess. She taught me how to approach the peer pressure while she drove me straight to school.
My parents didn’t entertain excuses for missing school. But at the end of the day there was always a reason I wanted to stay home; whether I was fearful of a test, my classmates, or I was just plain tired of getting up. I am sure it’s not easy to look at your child when they are tired and weepy, begging you to stay home. Not to worry, help is here! This week’s communication will give you some strict guidelines for when to say yes or no.