I received this from my daughter yesterday:
…followed by an email from the school’s volunteer coordinator, who wrote:
There will be a recognition event for all the kiddo’s that achieved Honor Roll (3.5 GPA or greater) next Wednesday (12/14) during 4th & 5th period lunches. I will need some helpers in passing out ice cream sandwich’s to the students. So, far I have counted over 640 recipients
There are 1400 kids in my daughter’s school. 45% made honor roll. Two questions:
1. Is that special?
2. Why are we supposed to be ‘proud’? Shouldn’t we expect our kids to get good grades? Isn’t that all they’re responsible for?
If this bumper sticker is worthy of a spot on my bumper, how about these:
Proud Parent of a potty-trained child!
Proud Parent of a child that can tie his own shoes!
Proud Parent of a child that got through a day of errands with no temper tantrums!
Proud Parent of a child who isn’t a bully!
If I had to slap a bumper sticker on my car for every one of their ‘achievements’, my car would look like this:
Are we obligated to celebrate every time our kid does something we expect?
Put your wallets away, say no to the bumper sticker and remind your kids that while you’re glad they came home with good grades (especially if they are prone to struggling), you will continue to expect that they work hard in school and all other areas of their lives.
Now, if your child ends up valedictorian of their high school class or regularly performs a good deed that results in someone else’s life being impacted for the better? Slap a bumper sticker on your car. That’s special.