********************Amanda got her second marking period report card yesterday and though it isn't something that I would turn cartwheels over (provided I was physically capable of performing anything even remotely resembling a cartwheel!) it wasn't too hideously horrible either. I would prefer to see her bring the 'C's up to 'B's but she got fairly decent grades on her mid-term exams and she does have two 'A's to show for her efforts. All things considered, she could be doing a lot worse and a 'B+' in Honors Science still gives me bragging rights as far as I'm concerned.
Having seen her grades, I thought it might be fun to ask Amanda what sort of grade she would give me as a mother if kids got to grade their parents. Without hesitation she immediately said she'd give me an 'A+' based partially on the fact that I let her friends come over to visit fairly often and while they're here I can carry on a regular conversation with them. A regular conversation meaning that I allow them to speak their piece without making them feel like their opinions don't matter or talking to them about things that kids their age have no interest in at all. She says that her friends like me and I guess as a kid when your friends like your parents then that's a good thing.
After this evening Amanda might want to change that grade as I managed to thoroughly embarrass her in front of her friend Dan who had come over for a visit. I had gone into the kitchen to see about cooking dinner as cereal two nights in a row seemed to almost scream "bad parent" and, for some reason, they decided to follow me in and chat. I don't remember exactly what we were talking about but at one point Amanda leaned over and slugged Dan on the shoulder. A little more conversation ensued and Amanda leaned over and punched Dan on the shoulder yet again.
At that point I stopped what I was saying and said "ya know, usually when someone punches another person like that it generally means that you like them". Amanda immediately turned several shades of red while Dan just stood there with a rather goofy look on his face and said nothing. We went back to our conversation and a little bit later Amanda did it again - slugged Dan on the arm. I again pointed out the old "hit someone you like" rule of thumb and Amanda once again got quite embarrassed while Dan just smiled.
Shortly after that Dan's father came to pick him up and no sooner had the door shut closed behind him when Amanda immediately launched into me about "how could I embarrass her in front of Dan like that?" and "what kind of mother would do that to her daughter?" Not that she was denying that she liked him at all, though!
Yeah, I'm thinking my GPA may just be going down a little bit after that!