Many months ago, my middle child came back sharing with me that she did well for her math paper. She had only 5 marks deducted for her class test.
She was surprised as she found the paper to be hard.
She was still struggling with maths then.
I asked her if she did her best.
She said yes.
So we went out for ice cream to celebrate her win.
Though many may say it’s just a P3 paper. It’s not a big deal.
“It’s just a class test. No big deal.”
(A friend even told me her marks are going to drop as she goes up to upper primary.)
But in the eyes of a P3, it’s a BIG deal.
And recognising her daily effort of 2 questions a day while I have to manage her stamping of feet and rolling her eyes whenever I teach her.
(I still talk to her with tender loving care. Yah, I have to. She’s my kid.)
To me, it’s the consistency and her willingness to try that count.
Why am I telling you this?
Remember to praise your child for her effort.
Yes marks may be more important to you.
But always praise first.
The “scolding” or lecture can always come later.
Celebrate whatever small wins today!
Want to thank my middle child for the opportunity to teach her so I can work on improving my patience and tolerance.
Love from Papa John.