Henry is making homeschooling SO INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT.
I know it’s not kosher to say, but I swear I sometimes dream about duct taping the kid to a wall.
The girls want to learn, we have tons of awesome materials, books, activities, plenty of things to do…but Henry sabotages everything. He screams, rips things up, scribbles on papers, throws things off the table, and refuses to be distracted by anything.
He’s not interested in having his own papers, or sharing the colored pencils, or doing any sort of super fun new sensory activity, or playing with a special new toy. And if ignore all of his attempts to sabotage our work at the table he will run off and destroy something in the house.
He won’t play with Ada while I do something with Rosie either. He won’t even watch TV or play the ipad as a distraction.
He doesn’t nap, so there is no break from him. If he naps then he will be up all night long, until well after midnight, climbing the walls.
I hope he gets past this phase soon. It’s the “terrible two’s” and I’m not a big fan.
I don’t put up with any of it either. He is firmly redirected and scolded for his crazy behavior. He knows it’s not ok to destroy things. He may be only 25 months old, but he’s smart.
I will not lose my mind. I will not lose my mind. I will not lose my mind.
I think he just wants attention, which is fine except I cannot figure out how to give him the attention he craves while also reading outloud to the girls or working on an activity with them.
Part of it is almost humorous. He gets so angry that he can’t successfully do what they are doing at times. Or he just completely melts down over something, like the electric pencil sharpener. He wants to sharpen ALL THE THINGS…including his fingers. And omg it is not possible to sharpen your fingers in it! WAIL!!
He seriously seems to think his fingers will turn into pointy pencils if he sticks them inside of the electric pencil sharpener’s toddler-finger-sized hole.
I know this is just a phase of intensity. Soon he’ll be on the other side of this and we can resume our semi-normal lives of reading aloud together and working on activities at the table.
In the meantime Rosie is doing her bookwork and some online curriculum, plus reading to herself. She’s still learning plenty, but I miss doing things together. Every time I try it ends in utter frustration very quickly.
At least he’s cute…