Babess has had a low-grade viral thing recently – resulting in some asthma and general tiredness. She’s been complaining of the odd “sore tummy”, which for her often means she’s tired or reluctant or anxious. Last weekend she fell asleep a couple of times during the days, most unusual. I suspect a strong case of “5-yr-old’s end-of-year-itis”.
So I had a chat with her teacher, and suggested a mental health day, which her teacher thought was a fantastic idea. We had a look at the schedule for the week, and agreed on a Thursday.
I didn’t tell Babess in advance, just informed her that morning that she would be staying home with me. She was quite happy, although at one point during breakfast she thought she might go to school after all… I told her that in that case I would quickly pack her lunchbox, and she hastily reneged!
We spent the morning baking biscuits for lunchboxes and Christmas gifts (they freeze well), and a friend came over for lunch and stayed to play. Babess did carve out some rest time for herself, snuggling on the couch for nearly an hour while I finished the baking.
She really enjoyed her day off, and was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for school the next day. However, she did tell me, “I only want to go to school on Wednesdays and Fridays now, ‘cos Wednesdays we have swimming and Fridays are choosing time.”
It’s great that she’s completely changed her attitude to swimming! But I told her she still has to go on other days too. But only for another four weeks or so (eek).
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