You know, I get that at a certain age, kids just stop liking school and will find every reason in the world not to go. My 13 year old is one of these kids. Here is the thing though, he has done this since kindergarten. Every year its the same thing.When he was little, he would run and hide or move so slow that he would miss the bus. Back then we lived five blocks from the school so it made no sense to miss the bus when we could easily take him.
Now here we are, eight years later and it is still the same fight. Every morning is a constant battle. I have to drag him out of bed and push him into the bathroom to get a shower. At that point he turns the hot water all the way up and literally lays on the floor of the shower and goes to sleep. In my opinion, at least if you are a guy, it shouldn’t take you longer than five minutes to wash your hair and body and get out. This child will stay in for an hour if I don’t intervene.
At first I had no idea what the heck was taking him so long. It wasn’t until one day, I opened up the door and said his name, that I see him pop up from the shower floor and utter “I just have to get the soap out of my hair”. I wasn’t in the mood for an argument so I decided to let it go for the time being. I told him he had 2 minutes to be out and dressed and I walked away. Around about this time it has been forty minutes and we have barely accomplished anything to get out the door.
Now, we are dealing with a child with ADD and ODD so now its time for his meds. He has been on meds for a few years now, taking his one dose a day. Even though this is nothing new to him, and the fact the he knows he feels much better when he takes them, he always “forgets” or just tries to get away with not taking them. This is where I have to treat him like some sort of an inmate. I have to hand them to him, hand him a drink, watch him take the pills, and then look in his mouth to be sure he swallowed them. I even have to look under his tongue. By the time this whole ordeal is over he conveniently can never find his shoes. I am telling you, its like getting a toddler ready. Check that, my toddler is actually easier!
At this point, assuming he hasn’t already missed the bus, I have to shove him out the door and tell him “boy you better run because if you miss the bus, your day is gonna be miserable”. You see, I like to put my stragglers to work if they stay home. That’s usually enough to get his butt sprinting for the bus stop.This blog may contain links to sponsored content. Please see my disclosure policy for details.