In the meantime we'll be homeschooling or unschooling. The problem that I have is any type of structured play. No problem getting him to help with domestic activities, but if I start singing, he tells me to stop, if I start to dance he tells me to stop, same with reading. I am not concerned with him learning to read, or anything. He seems so interested in learning how to play an instrument, and learn French, but when I try and interact with him doing a learning type of activity he tells me to stop.
Some things I've tried:
-Playing the piano and singing some new songs, sometimes I invite him to join and other times I don't. He's always welcomed on the bench, there is plenty of room for us both.
-Singing new to him songs in French, especially ones he knows in English. Or just singing the song in English while doing an activity.
-reading a new book to myself or out loud, even if he isn't participating, I feel he is hearing the vocabulary and rhythm
- any type of craft, painting, clay, etc
This is the same kid who sings to himself all day at school, and sometimes at home. I am not his preferred parent, but he's stuck with me as I'm the one that stays at home. Any suggestions on how to get him to engage more with me on inside activities? FWIW, we do not have this problem outside at all. On our walks, museums, fishing, biking, etc we have a great time, are engaged and talk about all sorts of things. I completely understand that a good deal of this is his age, but his friends seem so excited when I start a song or playing an instrument and want to participate.