Well. it is time for the mid-marking period reports from school. difficult child's report contained two Fs for the quarter so far AND a warning letter from the Guidance Office that she is in danger of failing 9th grade. difficult child is thrilled! Since she is only failing buy a few points...she is confident that the interim report means she will pass. Yay!!! ??????????? If you're confused--well, me too. At this point, I'm actually hoping she fails. Maybe then a bit of reality will sink in. Worse case scenario? She does no more homework/classwork and then does well enough on exams to squeak through by a point or two. If that happens, there will be no convincing her that any effort is required from here on out. Best case scenario? She either works really hard and passes by earning better grades from now until the end of the year.....or she fails the grade and learns that she must put in an effort to do well in high school. I guess I'd be pretty happy with either of those.