So, I wonder if this episode is the one that gets my listeners worked up. These are thoughts that we don’t hear often, so I’m putting them out there. If you aren’t a fan of my approach – it is all good, differences are what makes this world interesting.
However, if you can barely stand to listen to my take on grades, I challenge you to take a look at your thoughts and be curious as to the why. Ask yourself, “Who would I be in the world, if for a moment, I tried on these new thoughts and could find myself in a space where I believe them?”
Let me know where you are and let’s chat about it. If you are happy with who you show up in the world as with your thoughts on this topic, then you are all good!
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What You Will Learn in this Episode
- To question what you are making a GPA/grades mean
- To challenge your thinking about the 4.0
- To think about who gets to walk across the stage at graduation
- To question what you make grades mean in your life
Episode Questions for You To Consider
- How much does your child’s grade change your mood?
- How were your grades in school?
First Time Here? Try This Order of Episodes
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- Series 2: The CEO of Your Life – starts at episode #64
- Series 3: The CEO Toolbox – starts at episode #88
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- How to handle your child leaving home (for college and other life events)
- Extracurriculars with Guest: AdmissionsMom
- The Scholarship Shark podcast: A Conversation with College Moms
- With my Child Heading to College, Are the thoughts I am having normal?
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- Medium Article: What to Expect When Your College Freshman Comes Home for Thanksgiving Break
- College Move-In Day: Tips & Helpful Items
Christine: You are listening to the Your Empty Nest Coach podcast, with Coach Christine, episode number 27: What Are You Making Grades Mean? … Let’s talk about GPAs. You know, grade point averages. Sometimes parents like to share their child’s GPA, almost as if it’s a badge of honor, like it means something of significant importance. Let’s be real. A GPA is a number. That is it. It means whatever you make it mean, at that moment at time.
Christine: You are listening to the Your Empty Nest Coach podcast, with Coach Christine, episode number 27: What Are You Making Grades Mean? This podcast is for you, a mother who years ago walked away from a career to raise your child. Sure, you’ve been busy volunteering, car pools, maybe part-time work and taking care of everyone. But your main gig, that has been your child. Now, that they are in their later years of high school, the empty nest looms ahead for you and it is freaking you out. I’ve been there and I get it. Together, we’ll turn our freaking out energy into freaking awesome energy.
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Let’s talk about GPAs. You know, grade point averages. Sometimes parents like to share their child’s GPA, almost as if it’s a badge of honor, like it means something of significant importance. Let’s be real. A GPA is a number. That is it. It means whatever you make it mean, at that moment at time. A human could be in a class that doesn’t teach a subject that they are interested in, or maybe they don’t have the skills for. Sometimes, that human doesn’t even get the prerequisite class, so they’re at a disadvantage. Then there are things like learning styles. The student’s learning style and is the professor in a particular class a good fit for that student’s learning style? Then, there are professors that grade tough, and there are professors that grade leniently.
Look, your high school GPA matters for college. Your college GPA matters for grad school. I can’t tell you the last job I applied for that asked me my college GPA. Really, maybe they did, and I think, actually, I do think one did and it makes me want to throw up in my mouth when somebody asks me what my GPA is, because what relevance does that have on anything that I have done in the past 20 years? When you go to a lawyer, do you want to know they’re amazing in that area that you need with proven results? Or do you want them to have a particular GPA? Do you even care about their GPA? When you go to a doctor, do you want to know that they had a 4.0? Or do you want to know that they are amazing at the surgery that you need?
Look, C’s get degrees. Really. They walk across the same stage and get the same degree. The same degree that someone with a 3.8 or a 4.0 gets. Let that sink in. Whatever grade your child has, it is just a grade. It means whatever you make it mean. By the way, by college, you aren’t doing the work for them. At least, you shouldn’t be. It literally has no reflection on you, at all. If you’re making it that way, ask yourself why.
Sure. If they’re failing and not trying, that’s different. But if they aren’t failing, and they’re doing what some would call average work, and have a really good life balance, what’s the problem? Yes, they might have a harder time getting their career started or into grad school. You can point that out, and then, you let the chips fall where they may. I know kids who spend three years with 4.0’s in college, stressed out that they might lose it at any second. They can’t imagine having anything lower than an A on a single assignment, while another student may calculate the lowest grade they need on the final to make the A. That student studies enough, knows it’s the same grade in the end, and spends finals week doing what they need to do and making the time to have a little fun, and have time for self-care. That elusive 4.0.
I have to say, I’m partial to those without a 4.0, actually. Let me tell you why. Because I know that they’ve experienced not having the perfect grade, and they survived it. I don’t know that 4.0 student can handle a situation like this, because they haven’t been in it yet. I know, tough. Right? But it’s really something important.
Doing your best work in a class sometimes has nothing to do with the resulting grade, and our kids need to be proud of their work, because we aren’t graded at our jobs. Heck, some jobs don’t even give you performance reviews. What happens to the student with the 4.0, who enters the workforce and receives no external validation for their work? Make sure your child is good with knowing who they are outside of that GPA. It is a gift worth giving. Good luck with all of this. I know it’s tough because society is focused so much on this number. But just remember your child’s grades aren’t your grades. You are amazing no matter what grades you received in school, and no matter what grades your family members receive in school, 100 percent. I adore you my empty nest friend. Thanks for being here today.
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The questions I have for you in this episode are:
1) How much does your child’s grade change your mood?
2) How were your grades in school? As always, I provide content to make you think, my empty nest friend. My hope is that I’m able to provide you with thoughts that positively impact your life. You’ll find show notes for this and every episode on my website. My next episode’s title is, “What Mom Should Expect During That First Semester and How Mom Can Help.”
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