Report Cards are a useful tool!!!
So, you’ve been working with your kiddos all year long with homework and today they bring you disappointing report cards. As parents it’s difficult not to see these marks as a reflection of our own success or failures (mostly likely failures, that’s why your reading this post😅). Chances are you’ve heard how amazing other kids in their classes did and might feel ashamed to share your children’s results. First things first, DON’T!!! Don’t feel ashamed and don’t share. Human beings love to boast of successes and never failures, this is why social media is so huge. It’s as if amazing things don’t happen unless others know, it’s the “if the tree fell in the woods and no one heard it” bit. If you get people used to the idea of never sharing, good or bad results, it’ll make it much easier. Another reason not to is, humans lie!!, this includes parents (don’t tell the kids). This constant self imposed pressure from the over excessive sharing of phenomenal virtual lives we lead makes us, say and do crazy things. This pressure simply gets past down to the very beings we’re constantly trying to protect, not to mention this too will be shared and passed down to their peers (not good for social life). But getting back to those reports cards. Your initial reaction may be to lose your cool, then maybe rant of how disorganized and incapable their teacher was this year, followed by listing all the things you do as a parent and how unrealistic it is to add yet another task to your overcrowded and barely legible planner. Hopefully before you do too much damage you’ll realize your honey buns are still watching. Now take deep a breath, remember how much you love them and understand they only need help. A report card is a useful tool. The good grades shows you what your child likes and finds interesting. We always do our best when we have a genuine interest, this applies to every human on this planet. The Negative remarks tells us what they don’t find interesting. We simply glaze over dull subjects. I know it sounds super simple, and deciphering the likes and dislikes is in fact simple. The hard part is figuring out how to get them interested. Learning does not only happen September to June, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:30 pm, not including holidays. Lets start paying attention to how our kids learn, so we can find the best ways to teach them. You don’t need to be a teacher, you simply need an interest in your child’s future. Luckily most of us felt that burden the moment we birthed them.