In the last week my son learned to use a kitchen knife to cut up broccoli and carrots into bits suitable for cooking.
He also made himself a sandwich for lunch, twice.
This is the same boy who aspires to make me a cup of hot tea, but is not yet allowed to handle boiling water. (Can't think why as I think I was making tea for the whole family when I was his age. Hmm. Must re-think that one.)
He also decided that he does not wish to learn the piano any more because "piano practice is getting in the way of my life".
What was his life about then?
Playing the PSP, and the computer (usually Lego something or other).
We put our foot down. He must continue with his piano. He does not need to sit any more exams, but he must continue with the piano as he is good, and has the potential of being very good.
We just reduced further the time he is allowed on the computer and PSP (20 minutes a day, now restricted to weekends). And yes, if he complains any more, even the 90 minutes of TV a day would also go.
We try to run a 'democratic' system in the house, but sometimes it does not work. What if one day he decides that he does not wish to go to school? Or he does not wish to wash himself? Or he does not wish to eat?
God has given us parents to tell us what to do until we know what to do.
Meanwhile I rejoice that he is honing new skills with a kitchen knife.
Right now he is attempting his first Airfix model with his dad.
God, please grant me wisdom in dealing with this boy.