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New School Year
by Lora Ann Huff
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Someone may think I’m harping about parenting and having the right attitude with our children and grandchildren, but with a new school year just around the corner, I think a poem I found is quite fitting.

I think it was probably copied and passed out to teachers when my husband was still in the school system. I had packed it away in a closet, thinking it was too good to throw away.

The poem was submitted for printing by a principal in an elementary school in Indiana for the benefit of the Indiana Association of Elementary and Middle School principals, according to the sheet I have.



“I’ve got two A’s,” the small boy cried,

his voice was filled with glee.

His father very bluntly asked,

“Why didn’t you get three?”



“Mom, I’ve got the dishes done,”

the girl called from the door.

Her mother very calmly said,

“And did you sweep the floor?”



“I’ve mowed the grass,” the tall boy said,

“And put the mower away.”

His father asked him with a shrug,

“Did you clean off the clay?



The children in the house next door

seemed happy and content.

The same things happened over there,

but this is how it went:



“I got two A’s,” the small boy cried,

his voice was filled with glee.

His father proudly said, “That’s great!

I’m glad you live with me.”



“Mom, I’ve got the dishes done,”

the girl called from the door.

Her mother smiled and softly said,

Each day I love you more.”



“I’ve mowed the grass,” the tall boy said,

“And put the mower away.”

His father answered with much joy,

“You’ve made my happy day.”



Children deserve a little praise

for tasks they’re asked to do.

If they’re to lead a happy live,

So much depends on you!



I’m talking to myself as well as others when I say we need to have a more positive attitude and use more positive words when we deal with young ones. We too often think we need to encourage them to do more and more rather than praising them for what they’ve already done.

If we would praise a little more and give them the opportunity to use their own judgment and creative ideas, they are likely to work harder and do more in response to our positive attitude.

August school days will present us with the chance to start off with a clean slate. Let’s hope many parents and grandparents practice the qualities of the second household in the above poem and help the kids hold their heads up a little higher as they feel they have performed well.

They grow up so quickly – let’s help them feel good about the process!
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