To know where your going, you need to know where you are.
Recently, my son Tanner (grade 4) had 1-B, 1-C and the rest A’s on his report card. His mother and I sat down with him and asked him why the C. After a shrug of the shoulders and a dropping of his head he gave the infamous”I Don’t know”. We then spent the next 30 minutes reminding him that he is incredibly intelligent and that a C is only acceptable if that was the best he could do. Once we finished with our side of the conversation, we asked him to give his input as to what he could do in the future to improve this. At first he was defensive like any of us would be and mentioned that he was not really sure why he got the B and C. We both then stated to him that since his teacher gave him the grades, wouldn’t it be wise to ask her why. He agreed and that was it.
A few months later, Tanner came home to his mother and stated that he had been talking with his teacher to check his progress and was shy of straight A’s by only a few points. He had asked his teacher what he could do to make up these points and the teacher had given him some extra assignments to complete. We both agreed with him that it sounded like he was making it happen and we were proud of him. Now, 1 week later and he has “Straight A’s”.
Now, am I proud of his perfect grades? Yes, of course I am. But more than his perfect scores, I am proud that he took initiative and took his destiny into his own hands. I am glad that he is growing to realize that you will never know where your going if you do not know where you are.
If you are not happy with your current results or where you are headed, change your course. If you always do what youv’e always done, you’ll always get what youv’e always gotten!
Once again, Great Job Tanner! Your mother and I are so very proud of the boy that you are today and the man you are becoming.