Thursday, September 25, 2008

Day of Doom

Report cards were issued today. It was not good. In fact, it was very, very bad.

Within an hour, I had an email from my MIL. It reads:

I just heard from (Cowboy) and of course he is topping trees about (C1's) report card so in saying that you are going to have help guide him in helping get (C1) on the right school track.

1. Will you please find him a tutor ( I will help with $$$ for this).
2. WIll you go with (Cowboy) to the counselor or tell him what to say.
> he needs to have each teacher send home his grades each week.
> have teacher send (Cowboy) and you a list of work each week. Put it on your refrigerator so you can all see it and (C1) will know that you know what he has to do.
> Make him bring his books home every night
> Make (Cowboy) sit in the same room with him while he does his homework
> Tell (Cowboy) to check his homework each night. No exceptions

(Cowboy) has to understand that he has run wild with no supervision for 2 years. It will take him sometime to get him straightened out.

Tell (Cowboy) he needs to be stern but not unreasonable dealing with this. (C1) will still have to know we love him and are wanting what is best for him.

Jeanna I thank God everyday for you - please help us get through this.

Have I mentioned I love my MIL?

Thanks to the football coach, who is also the assistant principal, we have several things on her list already covered, including the tutor and weekly reports.

He is fully capable, but I believe we have a long way to go.


*Ange* Life in the PS said...

Proving every kid needs someone who loves him to stay on top of things.

It's great you have a good relationship with your MIL.
Too bad about the grades, though, but there were so many changes for him.

I'm getting pretty fond of the long way, myself. You see so many things nobody else gets to see.
Homework is every night for us now, almost. If we hadn't already been so devoted to helping Jack catch up, this year would have been one helluva responsibility shock. The work takes priority over everything else, though, because we're still thankful there's something we could do as parents.
No rest for the weary parent any more. Less TV, more side-by-side time. All things considered, it's a much better way to spend an evening.
Sending you some extra energy.
And hugs for both boys.

Jeanna said...

Ange, that is an intersting way to look at things. Slow down, breathe deeply. I like it.

We cannot change what has already happened. We can only change what happens in the future -- and how we handle today and tomorrow.

Thanks for your encouraging words.