Mondays are always rough, but for my friends Bill and Judy, they're especially tough. Their three-year-old daughter Lisa hates going to day-care school on Monday mornings. In fact, she'd rather stay in bed and sleep the day away.
Bill and Judy have tried everything to make Lisa's Monday mornings more bearable. They've tried waking her up earlier, making her favorite breakfast, and even buying her new clothes to wear. But no matter what they do, Lisa still protests going to school.
One Monday morning, I went over to Bill and Judy's house to help them out. As soon as I arrived, I could hear Lisa crying in her bedroom. When I went to check on her, she was curled up in her bed, refusing to get up.
I sat down next to her and asked her why she didn't want to go to school. At first, she didn't want to talk about it, but eventually, she opened up to me. She said that she missed her parents and didn't like being away from them all day.
I sympathized with Lisa, but I also knew that going to school was important for her development. So, I suggested to Bill and Judy that they make a special goodbye routine for Lisa every Monday morning. They could give her a special hug and kiss, and maybe even a small toy to bring with her to school.
It took a few weeks, but eventually, Lisa started to look forward to her special goodbye routine on Monday mornings. It made her feel more connected to her parents, and it made going to school a little bit easier.
If your child is struggling with Monday mornings, try creating a special routine to make the day more bearable. It might take some trial and error, but eventually, you'll find something that works for your family.