If I didn't he'd never get through it.
So, reluctantly I took a backseat. I still question him to make sure his homework is done. I still ask if he has any quizzes or tests coming up that he needs to study for. But I let him be responsible for it all.
I started to see his grades falter. He still had passing grades for the most part, but I did see a few that were not quite up to par. I was given papers to sign and return. The teacher wanted proof that I knew of the substandard grade.
I told W. he needed to get a grip and take his work more seriously. I explained that the year would get harder, not easier. He needed to study for his tests. And better yet, he needed to KNOW when those tests were being given.
Apparently, THAT was a problem.
I became aware of THAT when I went through his papers and found a Science quiz that he never told me he had coming up.
Did you ever see the Spongebob episode entitled "No Free Rides"? Here's a clip:
Now, watch the episode again and imagine W. as Spongebob and Mrs. Puff as his Science teacher. Next replace Spongebob's boating test with W.'s quiz. And finally instead of a 6, think of a 4, as in 4%.
Yes, my son got a 4% on a quiz. How is that even possible?