I am so frustrated and really need to vent today.
I've been homeschooling my 6yo, he's in 1st grade right now. There are just way too many days of pitching fits, crying and screaming and yelling. I'm at my wits end!
If he's not interested in it then there's World War 3! Science, History, Social Studies he loves! But when it's coming to anything having to do with writing or math we have major meltdowns. And the most frustrating thing is that he can do it! He is very intelligent and he is able to do it, but once he realizes we're doing something he's not super interested in I can see his brain just shut off. He finds a million excuses....he's hungry, has to go to the bathroom, has to ask a question completely unrelated to the lesson, etc. Or he's on the other end of the spectrum and throwing attitude and pencils. I've tried a reward system...using stickers to earn tv/computer time worked for a week or two....that was the only reward system that even came close. He's lost special outings and privileges. Nothing seems to phase him.
Every so often we have a great day and he can do anything you ask him and he's pleasant about it! But those days are few and far between it seems. It's so frustrating when I know how he CAN be but he's choosing not to be.
And it's not like his whining, attitude and pitching of fits gets him anything. I don't give in, and never have but he just keeps on!
I feel like all I do is sit with him while he's whining and pitching fits and waiting for him to get his work done! I'm held captive while he's taking forever to do the simplest things and I'm starting to get resentful. He's not old enough to just be left with work and get it done so it's like I'm a hostage during the week.
Just really low today. :(