...we are having an adjustment to middle school with Ryan.
What is great:
He's very good about getting his homework done on a day to day basis. He comes home from football, takes a shower and is off to do is homework. No missing homework assignments and no poor grades on homework.
Not so great:
His test grades have been hit or miss in several classes. We try to help and he is so frustrated with our suggestions...including sending me a text message to express his irritation at how we are trying to help.
How we help:
This week we've really been focusing on teaching him how to study for a test. We try to give good examples (mostly from Pat) about how you can't expect to show up and get a 100%. Just like with baseball, you have to practice batting to be a strong batter. This is sprinkled with arguing in between about how you can't start studying the day before the test.
The result: He's not a happy camper...and we've taken his cell phone away until his grades come up. His grades aren't horrible, but he's not a C student. He can easily achieve mostly As with some better habits.
He is a wonderful child and we want nothing more than to teach him good life habits...not only to prepare him for middle school but also for real life.
And now...for those of you who are crafters and here to see a card...Here's my entry for the Play Date Cafe Challenge this week! The color combo had me stumped for a little bit, but off I went with my yummy Hero Arts stamps.
Ingredients: SU Whisper White, Kraft and Chocolate Chip Paper; SU Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive Ink; SU Chocolate Chip Ribbon; Hero Arts Stamps; Ranger Antique Linenen Distress Ink
PS Thanks to the anonymous commenter on this post. I understand...and please know I am not sharing this to upset Ryan. I love him more than you could ever know and will always protect him. Parenting is not easy and we all learn as we go.