He does not want to read on his own.
He does not want to learn to swim.
He does not want to play any sport.
He does not want to ride his bike.
He does not want to go for walks or explore nature or geocache with us.
He does not want to go to an art class or do any creating or art work at home.
He does not want to ice skate or ski.
He does not like any of his school work - we aren't totally unschoolers because I struggle with depression and I need guidance. If we totally unschooled I would probably never get out of bed. But I do want the majority of my boys learning to be child-led. The problem is that I feel as though one child isn't leading!
He is 8. He likes to play. He likes to be read to. He likes monsters, mythology, and such. He likes to play computer games, occasionally build with Lego, and play. And if people don't play the way he wants he thinks he is having a terrible day and that no one likes him. If I ask him to help me with something, he explodes even if I give him time.
I just want to get him interested in something more than just playing. That sounds ridiculous when I type it out, but every other child his age that I know is really into several things - music, martial arts, drawing, building, skateboarding....something! He is just into play and certain stories. I am sad because I feel as though he has similar tendencies as me to be depressed because he is so disinterested.
Maybe I'm just feeling sad and overwhelmed right now, but this has bothered me on and off for a year or so. My other (younger) son is not like this. He loves reading, cooking, baking, trying new things, skating, doing nature studies, music, learning the piano, creating things out of our arts and crafts materials, I feel like I'm missing something and not giving my oldest son what he needs to get excited about life.