I’ve never been bungee jumping. My friend, who is also a teacher and mother, recently described to me what it’s like to bungee jump. She did it in Australia when she was free and wild and in her twenties.
You’re standing on the edge of the bungee platform, all prepared with safety gear in tact. You are storeys above the earth you see below. Deep breath. And then, you step off. The fall is steep and fast and drastic, and when you hit the end of the rope, you abruptly bounce around, up and down, side to side, violently and unpredictably, and anything can happen — you yell and scream and your throat hurts and the feeling of exhilaration takes over your body.
Back to school season is like the bungee jump, she said.
My son likes to beat me at any cost in board and card games. While playing Backgammon, he removes my pieces without mercy. In UNO, he is gleeful when I have to pick up. His ruthless, competitive edge freaks me out! He’s only ten! His sister couldn’t care less about winning. She prefers more cooperative activities.
Regardless of their attitudes towards game playing, my kids love to play games with me. It is a time to share laughter and conversation, never rushed, never pressured.
It’s a couple weeks into summer vacation, and while living at our cottage, I’ve watched my kids chill out after their busy school year. They are sleeping later, staying in their pjs for hours, spending time alone in their rooms, and doing a lot of nothing.
The end of the school year is fun and exciting time for everyone! Play days, graduation ceremonies, parties, class outings, outdoor lunch, and a laid-back vibe at school — it’s one of the best times of the year.
BUT, final report cards come at this time too…..
That may NOT be so fun for some kids — for some families!
What is the report card conversation going to sound like at your house?
Do you post the report cards on the fridge, for siblings to compare? Do you discuss marks over the family dinner?