Congratulations. Give yourself a massive high five. A hug, a pat on the back. You made it. You are superheroes. You deserve an A plus on the only report card that matters. You did it. Another school year down. Another grade gone by. You didn’t break. You deserve A pluses in every subject.
Superheroes look like this:
You are all heroic. Building exceptional kids with extra human strengths. Your kids are Iron Man and Wonder Woman, Spiderman and Black Widow. They are superheroes. I know them well. Two of the biggest superheroes I know are living here in this house. They have extraordinary powers and strength. They are learning to be resilient and strong. Sometimes they are learning bad leaders exist and there are ways to cope with that. Sometimes they are learning that teachers care a lot. They are learning parents don’t give up. There are so many lessons at school that are not measured on any report card.
The measure of a child is not whether they get an A plus in every subject and meet curriculum goals consistently. More important they be happy, healthy, and loved. This week the Internet and Facebook blows up with people posting how many As and A + grades were on their kid’s report cards. The measure of a parent is not how many As or A pluses their child brings home.
I post my own proud parenting moments here from time to time. Maybe they look like yours and maybe they don’t. This year I celebrate one getting through social media bullying, finding her strength and growing good friends. She gets an A plus for handling anxiety with courage. This year I celebrate the months we told the school no more homework for grade six. This year I celebrate every birthday party my youngest daughter went to and even the time that child called her the R word, because she didn’t break. Instead she told the yard supervisor she was worried she was about have a problem with another student and then she told a teacher she trusted inside the school. This year we stuck together, and didn’t break. I celebrate her coming home and telling me all about it and being proud of how she handled it.
This year we made our family a priority. This year we had fun. This year we travelled and sometimes we skipped doing homework.
This year you showed up, you tried and didn’t quit. You went most days with a smile on your face and made friends. You left the room when it was too much. You used your words and you kept going DAY after DAY.
What superhuman strengths did your child have this year?