My Tired, Truant Son


My son has missed three days of school out of four days this week so far.  He keeps saying he’s too tired to get up in the morning.  We try to get him to go to bed earlier but it’s always the same thing, all this week, except Tuesday.  He told his dad that he’s being teased but that it doesn’t bother him that much, that it’s just that he’s too tired to get up for school in the morning.  I don’t like where this is going.  His sister dropped out of school halfway through Grade 9.  She’s supposed to be in Grade 12 now, but she doesn’t go to school.  Because of anxiety, she claims.  My husband never finished his education.  He’s afraid of our son turning out the same as him.  He’s always been so good about going to school until now.  I called the school and waited all day for a call from the principal, who just phoned and said that if he doesn’t go in the morning they can have the attendance counsellor come over and get him to school.  That’s the only thing that I can think of.  I hope it works.  Wish me luck,

– Joyce.

3 responses to “My Tired, Truant Son

  1. Is it possible that your son is depressed? I know you’ve probably thought of it, and I may not be helping, but missing a few days of school is not the worst thing in the world, especially if it helps him to feel like he has a safe place to be with you if school is in some way difficult or emotionally problematic for him. Bullying can make the experience of being at school very unpleasant, even if he claims it “doesn’t bother him that much”. School is important, but a person’s wellbeing is so much more so. It sounds like you’ve tried talking to him, and that is a great thing to do, because at least he knows you are there and want to help. Sorry I can’t help.

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    • Thanks for your comment. I had thought that maybe he’s depressed because of bullying, and that’s why he didn’t want to go to school. He says he’ll go tomorrow. He knows he can come to us if something is wrong. If we knew what was really wrong, at least we wouldn’t have to guess and worry quite so much. Maybe we’d know more what to do for him. He’ll be 13 in March and that’s a really rough time for kids to go through so maybe it’s that too. Who knows? ❤

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      • I’m really sorry things are tough for him, and hence also for you and your partner. I’m sorry you have this worry on top of your daughter’s problems and everything else. It sounds like you’re doing the best you can though, and I wish you the best of luck with this, and generally. ❤

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