Wow...it's been a really long time since I've turned to the OS hive mind for advice. Here it goes:
The Bean is 4. He's a very mellow, sweet kid 90% of the time. But he hates instructions. From showing him how to throw a ball to climbing a jungle gym to playing Wii, the kid shuts down whenever I say to him, "Can I show you how to do it?" or "Can I help you?"
We've been instructed by his teachers to start working with him on holding a pencil properly and learning how to write from left to right (he's been doing it backwards). I'm afraid we will face the same stubbornness and shutting down that we have in the past.
Any sage wisdom?