Not wanting to go to school

David Willans
2 min readOct 14, 2021

At some point, every parent faces this resistance. We had it this week with one of our boys. He’s having a tough time because his normal group of friends have stopped playing with him. He’s in the playground reading by himself.

The first feeling this created for me was sadness, quickly followed by grating frustration that there was nothing I could do about it. F all. And I so desperately wanted to fix it for him. I found myself trying to coach him on ways to make new friends, on working out what was going on with his current ones, and trying to reframe it for him as a ‘bump in the…