Remember this happy boy before Sunday School last week?
Someone bring him back please!
Johnny started today off saying he didn’t want to go to school. We talked to him and he just kept saying he wanted to stay home. He wouldn’t give an answer why he didn’t want to go. I decided to try anyways. I don’t want to give in when he did like it so much last week. I want him to experience things outside this house and away from me.
The whole way there he was saying he didn’t want to go. He just kept telling me he wanted to go home. After driving around looking for a parking spot at church, I finally just parked and told him I would go in with him until he was sitting down. He agreed to go in and we walked up to the building. We went inside (I had to carry him down the stairs because he was “scared”… something that has been happening a lot lately) and I went and sat him down with a paper and crayons. He started crying when it was time to get in line. I walked down the hall with him and he forgot I was with him apparently because he started to walk ahead. The teacher said something to him and he flipped out. I mean crying hysterically flipped out. I was still there and he came over to me and grabbed my legs.
I tried to get him to calm down but he wanted nothing to do with it. I finally just gave up and we came back home. I told him we were leaving because it was raining and I was late for church… I guess I just didn’t want him to believe he doesn’t have to go to school because he needs to do this.
I hate this. I want him to enjoy himself… but how do I make him do something when he so adamantly doesn’t want to do it even though I know it is good for him and that he will enjoy himself eventually? I decided to talk about school a lot this week and tell him all the fun stuff he will do. I will mention it often to make sure it stays in his head. I even told him I will take him to the park after Sunday School next weekend. He said he wanted to but I can’t leave him there. My mistake for walking off and leaving him with my sister last weekend… I was going to the car and coming right back and my sister told him that but it apparently really upset him. I came right back to him and promised him I would always come back.
Tonight I read him this book and will keep doing that over the next week with hopes that it calms him down some…
Anyone dealt with separation anxiety at this age? He is 3yo. I thought we were past this somewhat. I now have 2 kids that cling to me. I expect it with Joley but this with Johnny has me surprised and confused.