Every person is different, and kids' brains mature in stages.
Yeah, I was being silly about kids being all the same. And math really isn't so bad... he just needs to work "check for ways to simplify the problem" into the beginning of his tackle list. I've managed to get him to work "reduce fractions" and stuff like that into the end of his tackle list (he even manages to remember to put units at the end most of the time now), and sometimes he remembers to reduce fractions before multiplying them, so, there's progress. And no tears. And a willingness to spend a fair amount of time working on stuff. It's just disappointing (to me) when he does several problems in a row that should've been simplified first, and he takes the brute force route instead (actually, there were only 5 problems in that set). Now, if by the end of the book (AOPS Pre-Algebra), he still brute forces everything, then I'm going to seriously wonder what's going wrong. But that was only chapter 1.4. And, like I said, if I tell him to simplify stuff, he does tend to spot it. So, I think we're doing okay.
Speaking of doing school and loafing: I handed Celery his LOF Elementary Physics book and told him to do the third bridge, as I walked out of the door to go to the dermatologist's office, and he actually did it (made a mistake in the 4th decimal in trying to figure out 100/77, when he could've just left it as a fraction, and got the question about which pendulum's period is longer wrong, but I decided to give him a pass on the former, so with 9/10 correct he then passed the bridge). Also, apparently now there's a shot for eczema that you can take (self-administer) once every two weeks. It needs to be pre-authorized though, but it looks like I'm going to get to try that.
Not to be confused with Zubat: