For the past three days Maks has been having these crazy stomach aches. He would wake up in the middle of the night complaining about his stomach hurting him. We gave him everything from prunes, to advil to hot compresses. After about two hours at night, the pain would finally get bearable and Maks would fall asleep. In the mornings, things would be OK but these stomach aches would come back after Maks had something to eat. And they would get progressively worse the longer we stood at the bus stop. Things were so bad on Thursday night, that we really thought that we would end up taking him to the emergency room. But after some tears, advil and a hot compress on his back, the pain finally went away and everyone was able to get some sleep.
This morning, the stomach pains came back with a vengeance. Maks was in tears for most of the morning, so I decided that he would be staying home. I told him not to get ready for school and he could stay home.
And guess what happened?
He was instantly better.
He went from having a horrific stomach ache to be all better.
So I told Maks that he had to change up his clothes because he was going into school. As we were waiting for the bus, Maks’ stomach started hurting so bad that Maks started crying.
But I made him go on the bus.
And this afternoon I found out the cause of the stomach ache.
Maks had a spelling test today. He did pretty well on the spelling test. He got 5 out of the eight words correct. But he never told me about the test. I knew that he was supposed to be reviewing the words every evening and he was. But he knew that he was having problems with some of the words and that was making very nervous about the spelling test and he didn’t think that he would do very well so he started to stress out. And he stressed himself out so much, that he was making himself physically ill.
This is something new.
Maks’ kindergarten teacher used to have them do spelling tests every week to get them ready for grade one and it never stressed him out. But the thought of this spelling test stressed him out so much that he was sick. I have to figure out a way to have him understand how important school is without him getting so stressed out.
Finding a balance is going to be hard.
I still don’t have balance.
But six is too young to be this stressed out.