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When my 7yo son started learning virtually and we moved in with my in-laws bc of this pandemic, I noticed that he was not interested in doing his homework and other extracurricular activities. We would always fight and bicker every single day about the same issue. He is very smart and goes to private school. When we were on own, I did not encounter any problem with him at all. How would you handle a child like that?

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I would let it be. This has been tough on everyone. He’s 7. I don’t think skipping some Grade 2 homework is going to be a big deal overall because this is a lost year for a lot of kids. If he needs help next year then so be it, hire a tutor or do what you need to do then. But right now I’d cut him some slack. And cut yourself some slack too.

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It’s really stressful. I’ve been too involved in his academics. I need to hear this and I need a break too. Thank you for your advice! ❤️

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There’s only so much “schooling” to be had as a 7yo when you are virtual. I would encourage as much quality family time as positive. Nature walks with the grandparents, board games, learning a skill or two from grandpa or grandma. This time with his grandparents can be sooo beneficial to his overall growth; stuff school can’t teach. I would definitely focus on any family time activities if possible instead of homework. It’s definitely a hard year but sounds like you are doing a great job. Keep it up mama!!

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You’re right! I will definitely do that starting tomorrow. Thank you! ❤️

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Again, thank you for all your responses. This gave me a different outlook. You’re all amazing! ❤️

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I totally agree with everyone above. But if you have to get some schoolwork done then is there some where you can go or a study space you can create where it’s a complete change of scenery? That might help get his brain in the mode. Like between 8-9 grandma and grandpa are “busy” while we sit over here at your school desk. Other than that, I would just give yourself some grace. He is still very young. At that age, just reading together would be a great activity.

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My son is the same age and acts like that Pre- pandemic also. Some days are better than others but generally moody and everything sets him off. Don’t have any real advice except hang in there and you are definitely not the only one!!!

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You should speak to his pediatrician. These are signs of depression and although this is “normal” for many children right now, you should make sure he’s supported and you’re following medical advice so this won’t become a more lasting issue.

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