X decided yesterday morning that I was too sick to be left alone and that he would not be going to school.
Transitioning x to and from me has been a long standing issue.
There is no punishment/bribe/routine that I have found works when my 7year old really thinks his mom could be in imminent danger, and really, try to drag a crying, screaming, hysterical child off of you when you are barely conscious the day after chemo.
Holding it together for the 1.5 hrs after he gets up bathes, has breakfast, etcs. Is hard enough.
And he even gave the "family comes first" retort (damn that priotities conversation. You know the God, family, school, etc).
I started making SOS calls at 8. I called J and handed the phone over to x. I thought this meant I was getting rescued and started to pass out.
By the time I realized help was not coming, I was exhausted.
X won and got to stay home, watching me sleep.
One week this summer, I got chemo and he sat with me, watching me half sleep for days when he knew he could have been swimming or playing with friends. If he's willing to give up that, it's not so hard to reject school.
I really wish I had the answer for this.