I am a working single Mom with a five-year-old. My Mom also works so I don’t have much backup help if she gets sick and can’t go to kindergarten and daycare. At least once a week she gets up in the morning and complains of stomach pain. I have taken her to the pediatrician often and he doesn’t seem to think there is a physical reason for her problems. She has had some testing and nothing shows up. I have the feeling that she just want my time and attention which I wish I had more of for her. My boss is pretty understanding of my situation but I don’t get paid for the days I miss. What can I do to get her to go to school so I can go to work?
It sounds like your daughter misses you a lot and wants your time and attention. She’s not old enough to understand the financial responsibilities that you have. Since you’ve had her checked out for physical problems then you might want to check out her school and daycare to see if she is having problems there. Does she get along with the other kids? Is there something about school that she doesn’t like? If this checks out then you might try a star chart. Have her help you make a decorated chart with the days of the week. Give her a star for the days that she goes to school and a prize or something that she really wants for a certain number of stars. This works pretty well for her age group.