Ben stayed home the other day. He said he was sick, but I could tell he just needed a day off. I needed a day off too! So we had one. We spent the day watching TV, playing with Lego, making forts, and chatting. It’s hard for me to get much out of Ben lately but on this day, he told me about kids who had bothered him, how he built a house out of sticks during lunch hour, and even why his teacher had put him into a time out the week before. He was opening up to me, and I was listening. I cherished every moment.
I let my son skip school so he could have time to refocus and relax. We adults talk about allowing ourselves to have a mental health day now and then. And kids need one too.
I guess my 10-year-old self took note when Ferris Bueller said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” He has a point!
As Ben moves on to higher grade levels, I’ll likely still let him take a day off here and there. Maybe we’ll take a family vacation on a week that isn’t a school holiday. Maybe we’ll spend time together like we just did. Or maybe I’ll recognize that Ben needs some time to himself. Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. I think it’s ok to take time away from classroom now and then to share that.