the big duh, installment 27

My son is a perfect reader of disruptions in the (home emotion) force. So, when I was facing some severe exhaustion after returning from our trip overseas, and was doing a piss-poor job of hiding it, he decided he didn’t want to go to school. He wanted to stay home with mommy. (Except for “picnic day”, when he could bring in goldfish crackers.)

It took simple and significant steps to get him not to meltdown, which started with calmness and patience with Ben. More than any uptalk about the fun activities and friends at school, those gestures and concerted efforts at happy if not overly energetic mood did more to eliminate the anxiety of the morning school trip. Shouldn’t that have been obvious to me? Perhaps if I had managed to get more sleep…

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