Being a work from home mom allows me the opportunity to be available for many activities. Class trips, volunteering at my childrens school, and awards ceremonies, are a few things I make it my business not to miss. So you can only imagine my reaction Sunday afternoon as I hopped along, (I sprained my ankle), and took one more look in JD’s backpack to find a hidden gem. You know squooshed all the way at the bottom of the bag under his sweatshirt I assumed he removed when I asked him to. Addressed to JD’s parents, was a invite to an award ceremony. I instantly canceled my appointments for today and planned to attend hopping or not.
As I’m sitting in the auditorium with no wifi, so basically my day is done, I thought to myself what could he be receiving an award for?? Then it was like a tv segment, think Awards Gone Wild!
It hit me like a ton of bricks. UGH! He is being rewarded for completing his summer homework packet! Seriously?! At this point I was stirring in my seat. The worst part is JD was super excited, so proud of himself for doing what was required.
Please do not misunderstand, my son is the light of my life, and I am always proud of everything he does, and I express that to him daily. However giving not only my child but majority of the children awards for completing their Summer Homework packets, as well as for attendance to me sends the wrong message. I think said awards are teaching our children showing up is good enough. Why will they ever strive to be the best in anything if being average yields the same result?
As my thoughts began to quiet down in my head I listened on as another teacher awarded two new students to the school with newcomer awards! I am all for welcoming the new kid, but an award for switching schools? Where does it end? Is it just me? What are your thoughts? Are we setting our kids up for disappointment?