Nick and I requested a daily report from Eastan's teacher when we realized he was not turning in his homework and failed to bring a behavior report home. On this report, Eastan's teacher lists all the homework Eastan has for the day along with a "grade" of his daily behavior. We then sign off on the report after his homework is completed. The report goes back to his teacher each morning.
Nick and I love to open the report to a bright, shiny "S" (for satisfactory) glowing at us. Then there are the days when we have a "NI" for needs improvement...or worse are the days when a big, ugly "U" glares at us. I imagine this "U" laughing it's villain laugh as Nick and I decide how to handle the situation.
The second Nick sees the "U" he goes into depression. OK, maybe not that bad, but he is the one that wants to fix it immediately. He wants to correct E's behavior. Nick wants to know why E can't just have all satisfactory days.
I, on the other hand, tell Nick that we can't always have a satisfactory day. Some days are bad. Then I remind him of all the progress E has made over the past year. Nick will agree, but still the big, ugly "U" lingers in the back of his head and will usually cause tension through the evening.
Yesterday was a "U" day. Unsatisfactory. YUCK!
Nick went into his usual, "What do we do? How do we fix this problem? Why doesn't he get it?"
I went into my usual, "Let's wait to find out what he did. At least it isn't as bad as last year...blah, blah, blah..."
Since we were at Community Group last night, we weren't able to discuss the problem with E until this morning. Nick got up and began E's daily devo as usual. When they were done, Nick asked E why he got a "U."
This was his explanation:
E: I was just in class and we were discussing the Germans and I said that Nazi's suck balls.
N:(After taking a second and trying not to laugh)
How could you have rephrased that?
E:I could have said Nazi's aren't good.
N: Who did you learn that from anyway? Like how to talk like that?
E: My friends.
So, that is why E got the "U" on his behavior report yesterday. I really don't know what else to say...