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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

It's all about the A...

The video I had for you was about a guy who was complaining that his kid got a B on his report card.

It reminded us a lot of our house, except that around here it's usually the kids complaining because we make them get an A. It's not that we make them - okay so we do - but they are capable of an A. If they get a B it's only because they slacked off... and they will be the first ones to admit it.

They know what they need to do to get the A and they do it and they do it while they do all the other fun stuff that they do. Does it get overwhelming at times? Sure, but so does life when you are a grown up. Do they know how to deal? Yes. They have learned some valuable skills - study when you have a free moment, do the project early, write the paper now when you have the time instead of watching TV, and the most important one of all - if you need help, ask. We have been known to re-teach math concepts over dinner, quiz Spanish words in the car, toss out story ideas while folding laundry, and go over music late into the night. You do what you gotta do.

So, what about you? Do you insist on good grades? Do you pay for an A? How much do you pay? (We don't pay cash, but they get to eat, their laundry is done, and they don't have to do regular chores.)

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