Pat on the back

Tell someone you’re proud of just how proud you are.

luka

My Luka-boo

You have been always been a little chatter box and can talk the ears of an elephant!  Imagine our surprise when your Grade 1 teacher (and every teacher after that) told us that you are very reserved in class!  For the past five years I have had to endure teachers telling me that they need to drag answers out of you and that you would never put your hand up to answer a question.  Year after year they keep complaining that you can’t focus or sit still in class.  I have had to hear countless times that you are disruptive in class as you keep chatting to friends, but don’t want to participate in class discussions.  Do you remember how many times we’ve spoken about this?

Then came Grade 5 with more subjects, more assignments and more responsibility.  Of course it also meant you having to stay after school for detention.  We tried all forms of discipline and it would work for two, maybe three days and then we were back to square one.  I honestly thought that I was failing you  miserably as a parent and that there was no hope left.

Then we discovered Mindset and out world was turned upside down, hey?

Your report card came and I nearly jumped through the roof 🙂 but we still had the dreaded parent-teacher meetings ahead of us 😦

I sat outside each class, nervously waiting on my turn, and watched as parent after parent departed with long faces.  My turn came and I kept our tablets secret, because I first wanted to hear what they had to say.

“Luke has suddenly started to blossom into a child which truly reflects his intellect”

“Luke has changed and is suddenly offering answers, every time”

“Luke has become a joy to have in the classroom”

“Luke has undergone a huge change during the holidays and he has not once been written up for disruptive behavior”

Then I brought out the trump-card: Mindset!  They were all united in saying that, whatever happens, I should not stop giving the tablets to you.  the deputy-headmaster even said that he has seen a bigger change in your attitude, behavior and performance than on any child who was ever placed on Ritalin.

Victory!!!

My angel, I am so proud of you!  I cried all the way home and still want to cry when I think about everything we have been through to get here.

My trooper, you soldier on and finally we will be able to see what you are really capably of!

I am proud of you sweetie-pie!

 

Some proud bloggers:

  1. Political Anomaly: The Peculiar Case of Jose Mujica | I am Mike Obiora
  2. This is how we weigh the dog | weliveinaflat
  3. Gratitude to an Angel | In Harmony
  4. Pat on the Back | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  5. Kids |tanka| | STAIN
  6. Abstract | Kunsten
  7. Daily Prompt: Pat on the Back | Under the Monkey Tree
  8. Daily Prompt: Pat on the Back | George and Nigel
  9. Daily Prompt: Pat on the Back – show us SUCCESS. | masadiso79’s Blog
  10. Reach for you Military Dream | Daily Prompt: Pat on the Back | Being a Huntress
  11. Daily Post: Pat on the Back | I Work for a Jerk
  12. Pat on the Back | Motherhood and Beyond
  13. Sara’s Success | clarior e tenebris
  14. You’re on the Right Track | King Jeremy Chronicles
  15. A Successful day… | The Rider

Back to School

If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?

boutros-boutros-ghali

I am one of those “freaks” who really would not mind going back to school.  The other day we tried to explain the concept to Luke:

When you are in school, you wake up, get dressed (in the clothes already set out for you), eat breakfast in bed, brush your teeth and hair and go to school.  Once there, you spend time with your friends, get two breaks in which you get to eat the lunch, which was packed for you.  O yes, you need to apply your brain for about 6 hours of that time too.  You go home and spend, at most, 2 hours on homework and then you get to play until dinner is set out for you before you are taken to bed and tucked in with a story.  Add to that the fact that you get no less than four holidays per year!  Bliss!

For some odd reason, he just can’t seem to grasp the concept.  Hey, we were all there once, right?

Heck, I would go back to school any day!  What subject would I master?

For starters, I would look at final year as exactly that: my final year to put in my best effort, to study like there is no tomorrow and achieve the best possible marks.

I would definitely want to revisit Grade 7 and opt to continue with History as an elected subject.  If I knew then what I know now, Mr Joubert with his yellow mustache and teeth and his liking for spanking girls (yes, corporal punishment was still allowed) and Boutros Boutros Ghali, would not have deterred me and I would have carried on with History.  I regret not having pursued it, as there is so much about history that I simply don’t know.  Silly old perv completely turned me off history and I missed out!

Thank goodness for Google and Wikipedia!  Now I get to learn all I want about the subject, without a smelly perv staring over my shoulder!

What other bloggers would want to master:

  1. Daily Prompt: Back to School | Under the Monkey Tree
  2. Daily Prompt: Back to School | Black and White Heart
  3. Photography | Daily Prompt: Back to School | Being a Huntress
  4. Daily Prompt: Back to School | Life is great
  5. Potions, Anyone? | windandlaughter
  6. Back to School | Geek Ergo Sum
  7. If I am back to school…. | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  8. Back to School | The Coffee Darling
  9. Science Journalism, yay! | Sincerely, Ms. Roberts
  10. Daily Prompt: Back To School | suzie81’s Blog
  11. Daily Prompt: Back to School | I Read Encyclopedias for Fun
  12. Daily Prompt: Back to School | Retired2Travel
  13. Sincerely, Your Bitch for Life | My Beautiful Breakdown
  14. Master Mind [Daily Prompt: Back to School] | unknowinglee
  15. What I Would Master | dreamingforme