On Friday afternoon Amaya received her school report. As a family, I requested that we all sit down and read it together for the first time. So with us all snuggled on the couch and my reading voice ready to project itself, I began to cry as I was reading the words in front of me. Through tears, and a choked voice, I read the following school report:
Amaya is an unbelievable student and a real pleasure to teach. She always comes to class with a smile on her face and ready to learn. She is very respectful of the teachers and her fellow classmates. Her personality shines brightly in the class as she is very well liked. Amaya is an excellent role model for all of the other students as she abides by all the rules and goes above and beyond to better her skills. Her hard work has helped her to develop steadily and I see no signs of her slowing down. Amaya has an extreme amount of potential and with her attitude, the sky truly is the limit. Excellent job Amaya!
I have mentioned previously in blogs that I will not negotiate on my children’s education. Often Amaya comes home and tells me that her teacher states that the homework in her bag is not mandatory. I reply by stating: ‘In my house, homework is mandatory’. Our Saturday and Sunday mornings are often spent completing her homework. But you know what, it is not just about homework and being a half-Tiger mother. It is about so much more that makes Amaya have an ‘extreme amount of potential’.
I acknowledge that is also about genetics – thanks to her dad – and me of course. And also her grandparents.
But, once again, it is about so much more. When Luke and I are with our children we rarely use any form of technology. When we all go out together as a family on an ‘adventure’ (as we call it), we don’t prop our children in front of technology with earplugs. The only time my children get to watch the television, is on the weekends – even then, it is limited time. In our house, we have world affairs magazines and piles and piles of books in the main bedroom on display and that my children read and flip through. Also in our house we have two aunties that provide my children – and me – with so much support, love, care and attention. Luke and I on the weekends are not bogged down by the mundane domestic chores. More families need such support.
But, once again, it is about so much more than that. And, I can’t really put my finger on it.
What do you think it is that stops kids from falling through the gaps at this age?