Sunday, November 9, 2008

She Finally Gets It

Last Friday my 13 year old came home with an amazing revelation. The conversation went like this.

Daughter: Mooohhhhmm, guess WHAT?!

Me: What honey?

Daughter: I need to have a good GPA. I mean, really mom, it's IM-por-tant.

Me: Yes honey I know. I've told you that before.

Daughter: So I **have** to do better this year in 8th grade. I can't fool around. I need good study skills if I'm going to have a good GPA in high school. (standing about 3 inches from me with her eyes as big as cookies - see example)

Me: Yes you do. Haven't we talked about this?

Daughter: (completely ignoring Mom's last comment) I need to go study (this is a Friday now) because I've got important GPA stuff to accomplish.

Daughter bounces happily upstairs to study in preparation for her good GPA. Apparently, the teachers and counselors are trying to prepare them for high school.

Now I could be bitter because I've said all this before. I usually got the eye roll. You know the one.

I've cajoled, pleaded, bribed, scolded, counseled and supported. Nothing. Nada. Zip. She just went her merry little way, haphazardly making whatever grade she felt like making that quarter.

Needless to say I've been frustrated. Now a teacher says the same thing and it's important. Bitterness was surely knocking on the door. However, instead of being bitter, I choose to rejoice in knowing that she finally GETS IT! I'll just hold on to the idea that I planted the seed. Her teachers and counselors watered it. Now we all get to watch it bloom. What a great gift!

As always, be blessed this week!


Amy said...

Just keep planting those seeds, Mooohhhhmm. ;)

I hope that you are blessed this week too!

Big hugs,

lynnmosher said...

LOL! I remember those days. Sometimes, we, as parents, are too close and what we say is tuned out. At those times, it takes an outsider to turn that switch on.

And what a cutie your daughter is! She'll do well. I'm sure.

I also wanted to thank you for your kind words on my blog. I deeply appreciate it. Blessings to you...

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Yay!!!!!!!!!! She may not have had the revelation directly from your words, but it is your words that planted the seed.

A family member doesn't listen much to his wife's advice but boy if his co-worker suggests something, he's like white on rice and moooovvvvees on it. Sometimes, the kids can't acknowledge that it is the parent who said it all along.

All is good...she's learning.

M. C. Pearson said...

How cool!

I love the way you did this post. So CUTE!

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