This weekend Addie and I worked on her spelling words. She was not putting forth much effort and I said “Addie! Don’t you want to make 100 on your spelling test again?”
She looked at me with a smirk and said “Not really . . once was enough!”
Oh, my goodness! I didn’t say anything right then but she and I will have a talk about giving everything your best shot. I don’t ever want her to think anything less than 100 is not good enough or think less of herself because she doesn’t make 100 but I do want her to understand that with so much of life, you’re going to get out what you put into it. Of course, as adults we know that sometimes we give our all and that just isn’t enough but, being happy with average when she could do so much better with just a little effort . . I don’t get it.
My parents never had that conversation with me. I always wanted to do my best. When I’m sewing or knitting or cross stitching, I’m never happy with less than my best.
I’m going to have to think about the conversation we’ll have because I want to get it right but I was really surprised when she said once was enough. I figured that once she made the 100, she’d want to spend an hour or so a week studying and keep making 100 but . . apparently not.