- How was school son?
- Did you get any disciplinary notes from your teacher?
- Did you get any homework?
- Did you get any tests back today?
This is what followed.
Dad: So what test did you get back today?
Maddy: My science one, Dad.
Dad: Aha. How much did you get for it?
Maddy: I got a 5 out of 5 and a 3 out of 5.
Dad: 3 out of 5???
Maddy: I'm quite happy about the 5 out 5 Dad. That's pretty good aye?
At this point I'm thinking that I shouldn't dwell on the negatives and I should give him some positive reinforcement.
Dad: Yeah, son. I'm proud of you for getting 100% on your test.
Dad: Uhhh but what happened to the other test?
Maddy: Well, I got confused about 2 of the questions so I asked Ms. Peworchik to explain them to me but she said she couldn't, so I just guessed.
Dad: Ok, fair enough.
We went over the questions that he got wrong and after I explained what the questions meant, he got both answers right. He said, Dad, you're really good at breaking it down so I can understand things. Thanks!
"You're welcome, son", I said. "Next time talk less with your friends while the teacher is teaching, ok?"