With the first big holiday over, we are back to the sort of normal routine until Christmas break.
Jack is back at rowing, but indoors in a gym, school is going full force (despite a snow day and delay due to ice), and I’m back at work juggling multiple scenarios involving dental marketing, furry creatures and hormonal teens! Good times!
I’m worsting this post as I hurtle down the tracks on a train headed to NYC. We have a dental trade show going on and I’m working the aisles to drive traffic to our booth.
Jack had his first gym session last night. Needless to say he was sore today. He kinda was in a negative mood and I tried to pull him out of it.
me: Anything exciting going on at school today?
Jack: I have a math test.
me: Hmmm I don’t remember you studying last night.
Jack: I did a review packet, it’s fine.
me: But did you do the whole thing?
Jack: No, just the parts I didn’t know. I didn’t have to do the parts I know.
me: You should still review those parts, it can’t hurt.
Jack: Math sucks.
me: I know but you have to pass it so you just have to do your best.
Jack: I got a 71 on my science test.
me: The one you didn’t study for.
Jack: I thought I knew it.
me: You have to study, it can only help you, it won’t hurt.
Jack: You’re putting me in a bad mood.
me: I don’t mean to.
Jack: Then don’t talk about school on the way to school.
me: There’s this football player, Mike Vick, and he abuses dogs like in dog fights?
Jack: I don’t need to hear this!
me: Yeah I guess you’re right. Either way he’s a jerk.
Jack: I hate school.
me: Well let’s turn your attitude around.
Jack: Not possible. I’m gonna have a bad day.
me: You can make yourself have a great day!
Jack: I can’t.
me: If you tell yourself “I can” you will start to believe it. If you only say I can’t, then that’s what you’ll believe.
Jack: Not true.
me: Remember positIve thinking? The last time you really tried, you got 100’s on your tests. You’re an amazing boy and student.
Jack: All moms have to say that.
me: Only when it’s true. I’m not going to lie to you. You are amazing and when you put your mind to it, you can do anything.
(We pulled up to the school drop off, and I really hoped that I helped turn his mood around)
me: Have a great day!
Jack: You too.
Not sure if Jack will keep himself positively motivated but all I can do is keep trying!
Here’s a text exchange we had (in photos) when I saw an Instagram post that kinda looked like Jack… Lol, virtual restraining order.