This week was a busy week as it was report card time for both my students and my daughter.
As usual, Ryann did AMAZING and received high compliments from her teachers and we of course were very proud. This is not surprising to us, as she has been always dedicated and very organized (with regards to school, not her bedroom) and willing to put the time in to get better. She is a people-pleaser. At age 3 her preschool teacher said she needed to get better at cutting, and I swear she spent hours sitting in the kitchen turning every scrap paper in the house into a pile of shreds. That same year the dentist told her it was time to lose the pacifier (I know, 2 years after I should’ve taken it) and she never touched one again. (Of course recently, she told me that when the dentist told her that, she would have dreams that he was watching her through a telescope to make sure she didn’t take one anymore-whoops!)
I often tell my middle school students (when they come unprepared) that Ryann still has every pencil that I bought for her when she started kindergarten. I am not exaggerating. She keeps a separate pencil pouch in her backpack with “homework supplies” and she uses it to complete her homework and then returns everything to its spot. She often does things like pack her gym shoes, piano books, etc. without a reminder from us. She did not acquire these skills from me. I am always rifling through my purse/car/house looking for crap that I just HAD two seconds ago.
So I am not sure whether to attribute her wonderful qualities to the fact that she is the oldest, or she is a girl, or a unicorn child- but it is not a direct result of my parenting. If I were to get a report card for that, I would most likely receive average grades unless death stares and teeth baring were graded (A+!). So I tried to figure out what my grades might be if I were to be graded on MY most important job.
|Domestic Organization||D||Works hard but has difficulty with subject|
|Instilling Fear in the Hearts of Children||A||Would benefit from learning self-control skills|
|Loving||A||Demonstrates positive character traits.|
|Domestic Sanitation||C||Requires guidance to remain focused and complete tasks.|
|Wine Consumption||A||Is an enthusiastic learner.|
|Culinary Skills||C||Does well when he/she slows down and checks his/her work carefully.|
So as you can see, there are many areas where I definitely have room to improve and others where I feel I am excelling. However, on any given day, this report card could look very different. Like I tell my kids, the most important thing is that they are trying. 🙂