Most days I am a mediocre parent at best. Then from time to time I have flashes of brilliance. Times when I find a teachable moment and seize on it. But sometimes those moments don’t go quite as planned.
Every day in Lily’s backpack there is a timed math test. Apparently they do one every day and when they complete so many addition problems in a certain amount of time they move on to the next level. Lily had been steadily moving up the levels every day, but I noticed that she was stuck for a few days on level M. So when she came home with her level M test and had passed, I made a big deal out of it. She was excited too and her eyes sparkled with the praise.
But she whispered to my mom later that she had done a few problems before the teacher said to start. Ugh. The annoying thing is, she had passed the test by way more than the two problems she did early. So she “technically” earned the next level. But I knew we had to address the cheating. So the hubby and I talked and decided that she needed to come clean to her teacher.
So the next day when the hubby went to pick her up from school, he helped her approach the teacher and confess. She handled it awesome and totally admitted what she had done and that it was wrong. We were so proud of her!!
Her teacher totally killed our plan!! She told Lily it was no big deal. She knows a lot of the kids start a little early and at this point it isn’t a big deal. WHAT?? Apparently the “start time” isn’t as definite as we understood. And the rules aren’t as strict. But come on!! Help a mother out!!! She did tell Lily how happy she was that she had told her, but dang. I was hoping for some serious consequences. Well, not really serious, but at least something to scare her into not cheating again. I am hoping I don’t look back on this one day as the beginning of her entry into a life of crime.
That was my best shot at the “Mother of the Year” award too. Another year down the tubes….