God, I nag Ella all the time. It must drive her crazy, because I know it it makes me nuts. Did you do your homework yet? What's your plan for getting some exercise today? You shouldn't be settling for that math grade. Go tidy your room. Have you had any fruit or vegetables today? Get out of the shower already. How long did you practice flute today?
She's at that stage where I don't know how much of this is necessary, or even good for her, so whenever I remember, I try to tell myself to back off, not be such a helicopter parent, let her figure it all out by herself. Because honestly, she's really doing pretty well. In the past week she has won one of two annual awards given to the Binghamton Youth Symphony Junior Orchestra, and she went out and got herself a summer internship at Kopernik Observatory, helping with a couple of their summer camps.
Here she is with her school steel drum band on their trip to New York City this past week, playing in Washington Square Park. Of all the subjects she takes, the music department makes the most effort to provide authentic real world experiences for their students. God bless Mr Smales and Mr Kassan for organizing this particular trip.
I think she's going to be ok.