A few days ago I had the difficult chat with my perfect daughter.
Not the one about the birds and the bees.
It was the one about the As and the Bs.
Or more specifically, smiley faces and stars which are indicators of classwork performance–since my daughter is 5 years old and in Kindergarten.
She now understands that smiley faces mean she needs to try harder, stars mean excellent and that Ws (with help) on her report card are not desired!
For motivation she now charts stars and smiley faces on a calendar everyday after school with the understanding that when she gets more stars than smiley faces, she’ll receive a treat at month-end, like a visit to Chuck E. Cheese.
Trust me. It works.
She is now better focused on understanding concepts like gravity. But now I have headaches!
“If gravity causes things to fall down, then why don’t airplanes fall out of the sky, Mom?”
Or concepts like gas, liquid and solid.
“If white lines in the sky created by planes are really a solid then why is steam a gas, Mom?”