My mom has cancer. yes sad.
But my little brother is having a hard time dealing with it.
He is 13 and super sensitive. He just came back to public school after doing homeschool for so long. He finally opened up to me tonight he is having trouble with his algebra class and is feeling super stressed out.
He is doing the dishes and crying right now. I don't know what to do.
I want to spend saturday getting him organized since he has been forgetting homework at school and try to find some way for him to relieve stress.
I don't know how to be a mom and he won't let me in to help him.
Every family has their unique problem that will test/challenge them to the point of complete despair and hopelessness. When you're feeling alone and down on your feet, hope is the one thing you can give yourself. Just be there for him and support him through school. It's a scary world out there and I remember being alone and quite stressed out back in high school. There was a lot of pressure put on me to do well so that I could get into a good university. Just don't give up on yourself or your family. Your brother will need you now more than ever, so don't let your mother's illness get in the way of you being the best sibling possible.
It probably took a lot for him to even just tell you.
Since I don't know him, I'll tell you what I wanted when my mother was sick and even more so when she passed away: I wanted people to be there for me. I wasn't only losing my Mom, I was losing my entire family and that hit me hard.
The best you can do is help him (with homework, chores), talk to him (make him laugh, that's so important), take him out to the movies or something you would both find fun.
Even just doing homework (if you're in school) in the same room can take a little edge off and may encourage him to keep up with it more.
But it's hard to say. I was an 8 year old girl when this happened to me so what would've helped me might not help him. But good luck and I'm sorry you're going through that stuff.