So knowing all that, here's my confession: I may have gone a little overboard focusing on what Parker needed to work on rather than what he was doing right at school. Out of his entire report card, there was only 2 areas that were marked "Satisfactory". Everything else was excellence. But those 2 areas became my focus and a source of frequent conversation. When Parker received his fourth quarter report card, all he cared about knowing was did he change the satisfactories to excellences. They hadn't. His disappointment was evident. Parker didn't even ask what his teacher's comments were. He knew that we had wanted him to do better, and he hadn't. Usually, he calls my mom right away to share his report card news. He didn't even ask to call. The sounds of alarm were ringing in my head. I've gone too far in talking about what he could be doing better rather than celebrating the many things he was doing right...And I know! I know! I hear you saying "Hello, Jennifer! Satisfactory is fine. Get a grip!"
To change his and our focus, Happy Smarties day was invented and celebrated today.
Last night, Tony and I made Smartie scrolls and labeled them on the outside 1 through 5. We couldn't wait to celebrate with the kids!
Captain Underpants...Hmm...This is where I say, boys love body function humor, and as long as they're reading...
This was our first trip to The Painted Pot. Macy chose a flower and Parker chose an angry bird. Look at Scout friends, you can earn a badge there!
Parker was trash talking through the whole course while Macy was inventing a new version - putt and throw. After a drink break at QT, Parker opened his last Smarties scroll.
We love Legos! Throughout the whole day, Parker and Macy were wishing everyone "Happy Smarties Day!" Parker now thinks this is his favorite holiday. We told him that we hope to get to celebrate all his hard work and learning next year too. Learning does have its rewards for both the student and the mommy.