I'm a self-motivated individual. And it serves me well. I'm also fairly strict on the chickens because I know their potential.
So...when one of the chickens has a "D" on a math paper, and another one is failing Health, I tend to become a little cranky.
Now let me explain a bit.
If my children were "average" students, then I would accept average grades. But the oldest is "A's" and "B's" (She's in middle school. It was straight A's until then. And let me just further say, I forgot how hard it was to remember dates, equations, and explorers. *rolling eyes*)
The middle chicken is straight "A's." Thus you'll understand my total unacceptance of a "D" in Math. And the baby chicken? Straight A's. And it comes fairly easy to her. Needless to say, the other chickens don't think she's quite right. *laughing*
But here's the deal:
It doesn't seem to bother them the way it bothers me. Why and when did they come to accept mediocrity? I don't like it. And I think it sets a bad precedent.
I'm driven. And that's fine for me. And I'm not going to stand over the chickens and crack the whip incessantly. But by God! Show me a little ambition or something!
I realize that there's quite a lull at the beginning of school and right after Christmas Break. Sometimes it's hard for kids to get back into the swing of things.
And I've come to the point of making out study guides for the middle school chickens. (They were loathing my existence last night.) And this is so they'll LEARN something.
It's so easy to let things slide and just throw your hands up. But a true test of someone's mettle is when that person digs in and does their damndest to do a task (even if it's displeasing) to the best of his/her ability.
Failure is NOT an option.
7 months ago