We butt heads, we get frustrated, and sometimes someone walks away crying. Usually me! We are so very much alike.
I go to his t-ball games and I cringe because I’ve attempted to teach him to throw and catch properly and he still isn’t doing it right. Not because he can’t but because he doesn’t want to learn it from me.
I’ve tried many times to teach him to swim but I’m giving up and now I’m looking into lessons for him this summer.
I wanted to teach him to ride his bike last year but he wouldn’t even try until his dad had time to show him how.
I didn’t even teach him to read, he sorta did that all by himself. I’m not kidding! He’s scary smart but that’s probably a post for another day.
Seriously, this stems way back to potty training! No way was he going to listen to me! He only learned when my husband spend an entire weekend on it, without my interference. (I actually gave up and spent a lot of time at the mall that weekend.)
There’s this stubborn streak in, well, both of us. Generally we get along great, but because he’s an only child we do spend a lot of time together, just the two of us, and eventually I do actually have to teach him something.
I really think I need some new strategies so I can cope with having him home all summer. I do try to make things fun, and I don’t lecture or anything like that. It’s just if he senses I might be trying to educate him in some way his little brain rebels!
So how do you all get your kids to learn from you? Or is this just a personality thing that’s never going to change? Or am I not alone in this?
by Annette K.
Photo graciously provided by Steve took it, through a Creative Commons license, some rights reserved
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