This is a first year homeschooling, after doing public school, so it has been a learning curve for all of us. Everything went smoothly until Christmas break, (we are using Connections Academy) then Jan 16th, my husband had hip surgery, so school kind of got pushed aside for a little bit, and then just as we were getting back into the groove of things, we moved. Like just last week moved. lol The problem is my 8 year old. He acts like he is so miserable. He gets up in the mornings ready to do school, once school is done, he is begging for more school. So I may print out a couple of worksheets, or tell him that the school lessons are over to go outside and play. He goes outside then comes in 10 mins later complaining of something, then he wants to draw, he wants to read, he wants to watch tv. So I let him do all of the above, then 10 mins later, he is bored to tears. He wants to help me do stuff, but its usually stuff that I don't want him doing at this moment. (washing dishes or helping with dinner). He has his own bedroom, with a tv, a brand new bike and yet he isn't happy.
I don't know what to do for him. Oh a little more info, he is very mature for his age and takes on the stresses of us adults more than he should. He knows that Daddy can't work, and Mama is busting her @$$ looking for a job, and just can't find one. He also knows that money is tight and I know he wants things (like a new pair of shoes), but its just not feasible for us to do right now. And I try to explain these things to him and he says he understands and I know he does, but then he sits and worries himself over them. He has even told me that its not fair that I do all the work in the house right and that he wants to help out. Which was extremely sweet and considerate, but when I try to tell him that certain things are left for the grown ups to do and the best way to help me and to be a kid and go play, he gets mad at me.
He is my oldest and I am at a lost as to how to help him. I need some insight and help here, because everyone else I talk to tells me to just put him back in public school, and I know that is something that I don't want to do at this moment.