I'm at my wits end and about to enroll my 5 year old and 7 year old into school next year. It's not waht I really want. I WANT them to stay home with me, but I can't deal with this stress every day. They're constantly complaining that their work is too hard (it's NOT, at all), they don't want to do it, they don't like school, etc. It takes them twice as long to get anything done as it should. For example, my 7 year old doesn't want to work in his new math book. He finished his 1-2nd grade book, so he's starting the 3-4th grade book. He chose the book and was all excited initially. So Tues comes and we pull it out. He takes one look and decides it's too hard. "It's 3-4rd grade mom and I'm only in 1st grade!" he says. He CAN do it. I sat and read him the problems. He just whined and whined and walked away. So, I told him he coudl work on his addition/sub facts until he's ready to do the book. I gave him a page of 100 problems at which he balked. That's too many problems! I gave him 15 minutes and told him if he worked hard and still wasn't done with them after 15 min he could be done. He finished all the problems. Today, same 100 problems, same 15 min. He whined and complained thru the whole 15 minute. It took him 30+ min to finish the work. My 5 year old has 2 math pages and 2 phonics pages to do today. He's still not done and it's lunch time. He's cried, whined, been in time out for other things, etc. What do I do with this kids? What type of response do I give the whining and complaining about the work? Help me please!