Posts Tagged ‘school’

Last night while the family was quiet, I logged on to the computer and pulled up the parent portal for hormonal son #1 to check on his progress.

RECAP: He is grounded from everything for 2 full weeks due to an F in his math class. The problems name is Sarah. Although I am sure she is absolutely adorable, staring at her or catching her attention will not teach him math! He will be able to gain 1 item back at the end of the 2 weeks for every letter grade he is able to go up.

Much to my delight, I found that not only did he get a B on the math test he took last week, he also got a B on his quiz! Funny how that works? I thought he wasn’t “getting it”?!? His grade is currently 79% just shy of a B! I am super proud of him! He is down to 3 missing assignments from 3 of his other classes and he completed those last night.

I told him that if he brought his grade up to an A that he could have everything back all at once. Mechanic Man would like to return it all if he gets to a B, but I reminded him that we want him to understand that it takes hard work and determination to get what you want, so he returned to my side.

Needless to say, the quiet time was over while a full blown celebration of the grade filled the house. To see the joy on his face, and that sparkle in his eyes, you know the look, the “I did it!!!” look, was the most wonderful thing in the world to see! And yes, I cried.

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I am officially in unchartered territory!

My oldest son, 13 year old, 7th grade, honor roll student from kindergarten, has failed his math class this trimester! YES, I said FAILED!

I found out the problem distraction from his teacher, her name is Sarah. He is so focused on getting her attention, that he hasn’t been paying attention to the teacher. UGH!

So I took the parental high road and I grounded him from everything for 2 weeks! He has nothing but a bed and alarm clock in his room. For every letter his grade improves after the 2 weeks, he will get something back. (confession: this also gives me an excuse to weed out the junk in his room.)

With my Mom gone, I’m feeling a little lost here. No one to get advice from. Not that she has ever dealt with a teenage boy (she had 3 girls) but she had dealt with teenage girls, 3 times! I’m on my own out here, just me and the mechanic husband. Talking to him is impossible. That’s a whole other post.

Advice welcome.