7th grade is a tough year for kids and every single one of my students can act out from time to time. But when I get serious and ask for a student's respect, I get one of two possible answers:
1. "Yes, Ma'am"
2. An eye roll with a dramatic sigh and a whiny "But, why? That's not fair!"
I want my kids to use answer #1.
I am not a perfect parent; there's no such thing. But I am doing my best to make sure that my kids act right...no excuses. And when they don't, we will address it.
It would be easier to be a lazy parent...to let my kids do whatever, but I have high expectations for them. They will make mistakes, they will make bad choices, but I am just trying to give them all of the resources I can for them to succeed.
They are just babies now, but everything that I am instilling will hopefully make a difference in the future!