I have a 5yo ds who will be Kindergarten age this year. I am struggling to figure out what to do with him. He has an aversion to writing/drawing/coloring, etc. I had him go to preschool this year, partly because of this issue. He was also very stubborn when it came to ME trying to help him learn anything. This year has been amazing for him and he has learned to cooperate more and his teacher has really worked with the writing thing. He will actually write his name now, but he never chooses to draw or write on his own and I'm afraid that if I try to encourage it as part of school he will go back to rejecting the idea and be turned off from it. Part of me wants to just leave him alone and wait until it comes from him, but part of me doesn't want to lose any ground on the progress he made in preschool. I don't think it is a fine motor issue, because he is an amazing lego builder! He doesn't have trouble in any other area except that which involves holding a writing instrument. It's just hard for him. He is beginning to read and learning math from what I do with his brother, but all of this seems like it will be harder if he doesn't want to write/draw/color.
Part of the problem may be that his older brother who is just 17 months older is quite an artist. I'm sure there is something there with not feeling like he can measure up. Help! What would you do? Encourage, Insist, Lay off until he's ready?