Allison and I recently had a discussion about what we would do if he brought home a few C's or D's on his report card one day. As the Smarty McSmartypants in the family, she would be upset and concerned about such a performance, and would seek to rectify the situation immediately. As someone who once or twice brought home a C or a D himself (Algebra, Physics and Spanish were, shall we say, a struggle for me) I would be far less disappointed. I realize and agree with the importance of a well-rounded education, but if he shows zero interest in Chemistry it isn't the end of the world if he has a hard time memorizing the Periodic table (btw Krypton is the one one I remember, for obvious reasons). Is this going to be my parenting style? Will it be logical to expect him to react to things the way I did, even though our circumstances will undoubtedly be much different? Can I strike the correct balance between being an authority figure and his best friend? What if he doesn't like Star Wars?! Blerg!
Anyway, in the last few days before his arrival these are the things I find myself