Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Emotions on My Sleeve

I must have had the "PLEASE HELP ME" look on my face today!

Devin and I were the first to arrive to karate class today. As we entered, the owner (Mr. N.) was standing by the door and asked how Devin was doing. "Has Devin been listening at home Mom?" he said, as if I had called him up ahead of time and prepped him for this conversation.

When I said that Devin had not be listening/respectful he asked Devin what was going on. Devin, of course, did not want to answer him. Mr. N. asked us into his office and Devin tried to hide behind me. I did not let him, and neither did Mr. N. A nice conversation followed. Mr. N. spoke to Devin about respect and listening. The same things that I say, but now it was coming from someone who is not Mommy or Daddy.

Mr. N. also has the power to withhold belt promotion. Devin is due to test for a yellow stripe belt for promotion at the end of June. Behavior and respect are just as much a part of this as karate skill.

I knew I would like this karate thing!

5 comments:

Stacey said...

This is why I'm enrolling my kid in karate this summer.

The funny thing is that he says he doesn't want to do karate because "it's for girls". And that's coming from the kid who loves princess dresses.

Karen said...

Maybe we need to do karate here too.....

Michele said...

That is awesome! It always helps when it comes from someone other than mom and dad.

SGiles said...

Wow...I think I need to sign Hannah up for Karate!!! Good luck and I hope things get better for you!!!

Joanna said...

That is so cool. How great that he could sense the problem and help Devin with the lesson? It sounds like an unexpected and wonderful gift.