How to banish those school thoughts…
It might be the weekend but our son just can’t get the negative thoughts about school out of his head. So much stress at such a young age…
“Dad I just can’t stop thinking about school. I don’t like being so sad about school and it’s a Saturday.”
So we are trying something different today. It not aimed at directly treating the school anxiety issue it’s just a distraction exercise. An attempt to to get rid of the bad thoughts for a short while. The idea is that he will tell me as soon as he has bad school thoughts and I will ask him a random question which he needs to answer.
Worry alert: What animal would make the best Horror Movie Star?
“I think a Hippo Dad. The way they can appear so friendly but are so dangerous. The way they can disappear under the water and then suddenly attack from below”
Worry alert: Which other animal is our mad dog most like?
“It’s a cross between a playful monkey and a dolphin excitedly swimming in the ocean”
Worry alert: If an alien came to earth what would be the thing which scares it the most?
“Your singing. The new Star Wars story arc, it’s that bad. Brussel Sprouts”
Worry alert: If you were a superhero what would be you talent?
“Being Dyslexic in every language on every planet.”
Worry alert: If a universal tyrant super villain attacked earth, someone like Thanos. Who could save us?
“The wrestler Becky Lynch. She would sort him out.”
Worry alert: Thanos the mighty foe of the Avengers, What is his favourite singer or band?
“The Beetles. Similar hair cuts and it’s kinda funny that the ultimate destroyer of life likes music about peace and love.”
Worry alert: Which story would you like to change the most?
“Make Santa more real. Make the Hound of the Baskervilles a real demon dog and not just a big ScoobyDoo dog.” Strangely when I was a kid I remember making up stories where the Hound of Baskervilles was a demonic beast summoned by Moriaty.
Worry alert: Invent a name for a new animal.
How about a more scientific sounding name.
“Einstein Jeff, Stephen Hawkin Jeff”
Can’t you make it sound a bit more animal like.
“Four legged, long tailed Einstein Jeff”
Worry alert: What’s the best nickname you have been called.
Worry alert: Merge two movies together to get a new film name.
“Star Wars and Star Trek. You get Star Trek.”
Haha you know what I mean. Something like The Empire Strikes Back and Back to the Future. You get The Empire Strikes Back to The Future. He just looks at me with one of those looks.
“Superman and Batman. Merging together you get Superman”
I give up on that one.
Worry alert: Change the name of a country to something better.
“England should be Rainland”
And on and on.
Most admit it did work as a temporary fix but it doesn’t permanently banish the worries. But it’s something we can add to our armoury of anxiety help tools.
If anyone has got any ideas we can try to ease these school worries, please let us know. It would be greatly appreciated.