Some kids are harder than other kids. Some of them are just wired that way; others go out of their way to be difficult. Of course, all kids have hard days; but for some kids, the hard days are so much worse that there’s no getting around it.
Some of them, you can’t leave alone. You have to be on top of them every minute of every day, making them take care of the things that they’re supposed to take care of. If you walk away for even a minute, they’ll be getting into trouble, doing things that they aren’t supposed to do, and taking their attention away from what they’re supposed to be doing.
What’s a mom to do? Maybe you have other kids at home at the same time—and of course, they need your time, energy, and attention, too. Maybe you have a job that you take care of inside the home at the same time you’re homeschooling your kids. Maybe you’d just like to be able to put a load of laundry in, or take care of the dishes, without chaos breaking out as soon as your back is turned.
First, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that this, too, shall pass. Hopefully, this is just a bad downward spiral, and not a pattern that will last throughout your entire homeschooling experience. Next, figure out why it is that your child is getting into things when he’s supposed to be working. Is he bored? Does she not understand the lesson? Is something too difficult, too easy, or not stimulating enough?
Next, start small. Some children have serious attention issues that are not easily resolved by “Just do it” style commands. Give simple instructions, and then walk away for a very short period of time. See if those simple instructions can be followed. If not, sit with them while they complete each step. Perhaps you can work on something else beside them. If not, go over each and every step individually, along with them, and watch over them. This should be a relatively temporary stage in your child’s life, and you’ll be past it soon enough.