Homesick or Sick of School
Every parent remembers at least one instance when they played ‘hooky’ from school. There are a few who remember that those days were more than just a fake ticket to stay home. For many, the desire to stay home stems from a deep seeded need to spend quality time with mom or dad. For others, the idea of sitting at a desk completing busy work gives them a tummy ache. For others, it’s because there is something else going on at school and they don’t know how to deal with it. As you make it a habit to indulge in deep conversations over dinner, you may find your children become much healthier and miss less days of school as you become more intentional.
Why do you think kids stay home and play hooky?
Listen to their opinions. Go deeper and ask if they agree with the reasoning they just shared. Share your opinion as well, being careful to respect their opinion because it may have taken a measure of courage for them to share. You may discover their feelings about current situations at school, teachers, and their classmates.
Have you every played hooky from school, or thought about it?
After encouraging their honesty, listen for the reasoning behind their story. Did they want to avoid an academic situation, peer pressure, or was it due to schedule related stress? Tell them about a time when you played hooky, or a time when you wanted to stay home from school.
If you could plan a half-day off from school, what would you do?
Listen for opportunities that you could actually arrange. Maybe a ‘take your child’ to work afternoon, or just a long lunch hour visit with your child at a park near the school. When you allow your children to plan something for the future, you are teaching them to look forward to things as well as develop organizational skills.
Studies show that families who take the time to share a meal together have children who miss far less days at school, which suggests that there really is a cure for those homesick days. You are making intentional choices to help your children be successful at school by providing family time around the dinner table. For more questions, click on the topics to the right, or buy another FreshTake family meal.