Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Prayer for the Reluctant School Child

My son Jude is having a hard time GOING to Kindergarten. Once he is there he is fine but when faced with the prospect of going he starts crying. Yesterday morning we rode our bikes together and he wanted to keep stopping to stall and/or cry on the way (making us a little late). I told him about the prayers I say every morning on my walk during sunrise to make my day better, even when I am grumpy about getting about of bed. I told him what I say and that it works to put me in a better mood every time. I asked him if he wanted me to say it for him and he said he did. We started with a grumpy frown on his face, but I said:

May Jude be happy
May Jude be joyful
May Jude be filled with Loving Kindness
May Jude be filled with chocolate covered donuts
May Jude feel loved
May Jude's brother be nicer to him
May Jude be kind and respectful to the earth
May the earth be nicer to Jude and not trip him
May Jude get all green lights today (green means good behavior)

I had him laughing by the time I got to donuts and although he needed lots of hugs and kisses to let me go, I left seeing him smiling. I am glad I found a way to make him happy AND keep moving. It made us both happy.


  1. You are an awesome Mom. The boys and the earth are fortunate to have you.

  2. Goodness, what a fantastic compliment, Renee! Thank you!

  3. Nice prayer. I like the humour mixed in with serious thoughts and wishes. Do you think it would work with older kids, though? I have two 11-year-olds (twins) who are reluctant to start school tomorrow. And the thing is, I sympathize with them (as I've written on my blog). "Reluctance" is probably not an unreasonable reaction to being forced to relinquish the freedom of summer (and in your child's case, of early childhood).

  4. northTOmom, I am sure it would work for older kids. It's actually a loving kindness meditation and is done mostly by and for adults. First you are supposed to say your version about yourself, then to people you love, then to neutral people like the cashier in the grocery store, then to difficult people, and then to everyone. I think anyone would feel comforted by it and it sets an intention for the day. Good luck to you all this school year!