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!