My mom works at home and I've been staying here to help her with my younger brother. I'm 7 months pregnant with my first child and figured I could learn something by helping with him. He's a very intelligent kid and is the high abilities class. My mom has sheltered him his whole life and let him get away with a lot. He stays inside all day playing the computer and video games, and only leaves the house to go to school. His friends never come over to play or anything. I've felt very bad for him, but I don't mention it. Well, he's very sensitive/emotional. She quit helping him with his home work, so he doesn't do it. When I moved back in, I've had to fight with him and make him do it. He's tried hiding it from me, lying to me about it and everything.
I was a lot like him back when I was his age. My mom quit helping me with homework in 3rd grade, so I quit doing it. No one helped me or even tried, so it became a habit to not do my work at school either. High school came around, and I dropped out. I don't want my brother to be like me, so I'm trying my very best to help him. He just doesn't want my help.
Today... he came home from school and I checked his backpack for homework(like I always do). I found a packet saying that his class was going to write a letter to the principle to see if they could have a pizza party on Friday. He told me it's not being graded and what not so he doesn't think he should have to do it. After a huge argument, my mom stepped in a told him he had to do it as well. We told him he can't get on the computer or play any video games until its done. (It's a 3 paragraph letter, so he'd be done with it in a half hour if he would just stop fighting with me and do it). I've offered to help, he just screams at me and says no. He tried locking himself in the bathroom. I've had to physically pick him up and take him out of there several times. Finally, he gave up on that and is just sitting there on there floor in the kitchen, crying. He has been for about the past hour. I'm physically drained and not sure what to do at this point. I just want to give up, but I know I shouldn't.