Sterling K. Brown Is *Not* Having Fun Homeschooling His 9-Year-Old Son: "It's Terrible"

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Stars aren't always just like us — but when it comes to homeschooling during Covid, most parents seem to be in the same boat. 

"It's wonderful. It's fantastic. And by fantastic, I mean it's terrible," "This Is Us" star Sterling K. Brown says with his trademark smile. "It's the most atrocious thing in the world, and I look forward to it coming to an end." 

"Listen, I'm sure some people have kids who will sit in front of a computer screen for four or five hours of a day and not be restless," the "This Is Us" star continues. "My boy is not that person. He's looking to find a way to get to Fortnite as fast as he can, whenever he can." 

Well, can you really blame the kid for being antsy? That's why Sterling and his wife, fellow actress Ryan Michelle Bathe, are trying to help their 9-year-old son Andrew find a happy medium at home.

"Little boys are very kinetic, and they need to move — so we're trying to find a happy medium where he gets a chance to get his energy out but also maintain his focus," the actor tells Rach. "We're not there yet. We're taking it one day at a time."

Even harder than getting your child to focus? Teaching yourself the curriculum before you can teach your kids. (Why does math keep changing?!)

"New math is like its own thing," Sterling says. "You have to make a dedicated commitment to be like, 'Alright, I need to figure this out,' so I can be of assistance. There's so many hats that you're trying to wear at the same time, while you're trying to be productive yourself."

Through it all, Sterling is just trying to take a deep breath and go easy on his family and himself. Because, really, that's all we can do. 

"I think Ryan has been killing it as a mom. [But] we both feel like we're flailing constantly," he admits. "You have to be easy on the kids, because their behavior is not typical of who they are. They're going through a pandemic and quarantine the same as us. And we have to be easy on ourselves. There are times when I'm like, 'I'm failing fatherhood right now,' but everybody is kind of feeling the same way." 

Ain't that the truth!

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