At the end of year 2, I had to take my son out of private school where he was studying since nursery, although it was hard decision but I had to make it because I was having financial issues, after new year began he sat 2 months in home as admission in public school isn't easily available,but he was very presistent in going to school.
During 2 months he was at home he least stuided or learn anything new, despite me buying him cool worksheet or books to read and reading with him. For him it is all day tv without brushing his teeth/washing face or go out with us for shopping, back again to watching tv. I tried to tell him we should study, learn new things, make timetable but it doesn't work. I tried to be hard on him but he just listen to ignore or do it for a day.
2 months later we got admission in public school, now 2 weeks in school, he became sick (as in flu, cough), it has been 3 weeks he been sick but mostly he told his mom that he don't like the school as other do not have manners like eating with open mouth etc.Mainly he has been very presistent that he misses his old school and friends (which is understable as he grew with them)
Why my son just want me to repeat everything and not follow, why is just wake up to watch tv and whole day it is tv, shopping or going out? How can I make him undersrabd about why we choose different school because sometimes he act very mature and then ask silly question inbetween and if he want to homeschool then he has to make timetable? how can I make sure he follow a timetable and do not stray from it because till now I am failing to make him understand that tv is not life and yet he just say sorry and carry on.
I m structured person (not perfect), I had a background where when I was kid I use to watch tv like there is no tomorrow and I learned my lesson hard way but I do not want my son years wasted like mine. My wife and her family (where we live now) is not structured and my son knows my wife got her life issues to deal with and he gets away with it.
My son just turned 8. so everything above was few months before he turned 8.
Edit: As a father I feel insulted when he won't listen and lately he been not listening in gathering too, on the other hand he listen first time to his fav uncle and he has totally unstructured life.