Today is one of those days where my 9 year old is just not cooperating! Normally I would just put the books away for the day but I have been doing that for the last four days and it's not something I want him to get in the habit of. He played a few math games of his choice this morning for about 10 minutes. Then I gave him a worksheet with 5 problems on it. I got out the dry erase board so we could do a quick introduction of prime numbers and that's when it began. As soon as I drew a division sign on the board he started complaining. I put it away and told him to take a small 10 minute break to regain his composure. He went into the living room and started moving the sofa around. I told him to stop. Although he wasn't being destructive and our sofa slides easily across the floor (we have an open floor plan and our sofa doesn't rest against the wall) I told him to stop because honestly, I fix that sofa all day, I didn't want him purposely moving it. He started complaining that there was nothing to do. I asked him if he wanted to talk about what was bothering him and he did. He told me he didn't think his break was long enough. I told him that maybe he should try spending the little time he does have more productively instead of complaining the whole time.
Does anyone else have sometimes difficult kids and if so how do you handle it?