Monday, February 7, 2011
is good enough, good enough?
Mike and I have never been pushy about school, or rewarded grades with money. We don't review all of his assignments before he turns them in, or ask to see every test result. We do monitor his planner, to see what his work load is like, and check his on-line progress reports. We see when assignments are late, or when he obviously didn't study very hard for a test. And we talk to him about it, and find out what is up. And encourage extra credit, or prod him to study a bit more in the classes where he is falling short.
Last week he had an eye exam, as the school had done a screening and his vision was not great. So now he is getting glasses, and I am thinking that may have played a part in his deteriorating grades, as his eye exam this summer showed his vision was fine. This quarter will tell.
Part of me is glad Charlie doesn't freak out about getting an A-, as I don't think that's healthy. But part of me wishes he would want to try harder, and not just be happy with 'good enough'. He is smart enough to do the work, and if he really wanted to he would be getting straight A's.
So as a mom, do I push? Do I enforce stricter study times? Or do I let him figure this out on his own, and perhaps he will come to the realization that he wants more than 'good enough'?