My daughter is pretty much the typical teenager. Just like every one of her friends, she enjoys playing on her computer, listening to music, sleeping late, and leaving her room a mess! I have talked with the other moms and we have decided that they must teach procrastination in middle school! My daughter is a good student, but if she gets bored, she does enough to get by. She can be a straight A student, and it makes me upset when she fails to apply herself. Her least favorite subject in school is science, and she swears that it is because she does not understand it. I think it is because she doesn't want to, because it is not interesting to her.
At the beginning of the school year, all 8th graders were instructed that they must complete a Science Fair Project, and that it would be half of their grade for the second quarter of classes. I heard complaints from my daughter, and I knew she would procrastinate. We had a long talk one night about how she could do better in school, if she would only apply herself. Then I just told her flat out that I did not want her to end up like me with regrets. That was the first time I ever really talked about what I regretted. I wanted to be a teacher, but I got so bored in high school that I didn't follow my dreams, or my heart. I just kinda stumbled around instead of going in the right direction. I never went to college to become a teacher, and I have regretted it ever since. She has that dream too, and I don't want her to have the same regrets I do.
After our conversation, she really changed, she started putting more effort into her classes, and she put together a great science fair project, and she WON for her class!! Her grades are great, and when her teachers signed her up for her freshman year classes, each teacher signed her up for the honors program! Yes, I am one proud mama, because I convinced my daughter to apply herself and give everything in her life her all!