He's up in his room. And I'm down here. Waiting on him to be ready to complete his assignment. He didn't do it perfectly, and he started to cry. Who knew I had ANOTHER perfectionist kid on my hands? Actually, I don't. He just likes to do things well, and when he doesn't, he expresses his frustration. At the second outburst of tears, I sent him to his bed with the instruction to come down when he was ready to finish.
It's been a few minutes and the tears are done. My guess? He's totally forgotten about the whole rumpus and he's looking at a book. Time to call him back to the table.
I've been working through On Becoming Preteen Wise: Parenting Your Child from 8-12 Years by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam. Although Wilkin is still seven, I am beginning to see many of our challenges and disputes through a much different lens. As we transition into the "tweens," he will be accepting a lot more responsibility for his own actions and behaviors as I prepare him for responsibility, not just obedience.
I'm off to retrieve the boy and complete our assignment. Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart, but it is a terrific way to learn more about my son ... and myself.