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Teen versus Marvel: The Saga Continues

March 22, 2019

We did not go to see Captain Marvel last night. Nope. By the time, our son got around to doing his piano, we were mad. He had a day off due to parent teacher meetings. He practiced one piece for 7 minutes. And, reported to his Dad, when he got home that he had ”done some.” He was acting like a few more minutes of polishing would do it.

I lost it.

In one of those epic, tell-all reveals that seem scripted. “Are you kidding me? ...7 minutes... the exam coming up...nothing memorized....always fooling around....why does it always come to this?”

Then, Dad said “We shouldn’t go.”

Boy, did that piano start working. The best practice I have heard in over 2 years. Going back to work in sections. No breaks. Same piece 5x, 7x as it was worked. I’d go to call out like I do, “There is no way you are done practicing” or “Okay, good job. Next piece” But before I could get the words out, our boy would go back and do more work on the piece he just played. Repeating and removing hesitations. 


During all of the Marvelloso practice, his Dad and I had been texting. In our exchange, heated —no sense in lying to you all, I said “we have to not go. Move the tickets tomorrow. And, if he doesn’t practice again, we keep moving them.”

We always give into our son. Because we want the thing that teaching him a lesson would deprive us of. We don’t have the schedule to go to a plan B.

But we did yesterday.

Our tenor teen, was so mad, “I did everything that you wanted. Let’s go”.

I am so proud that his Dad said “Too late. We had already said the consequence and a last ditch effort to turn things around wasn’t going to change anything.” Or something like that.

His Dad was in fine form. When a teen threw back, “I am SO mad at you”. Dad said, “I am SO mad at YOU. I wanted to go to the movies tonight after work. And, if you don’t practice tomorrow, we won’t go at all”

All, I know is that was the best independent practice session I had ever heard from his middle school body. If Marvel could bottle it, parents would make them rich.

Marvel Motivation - sprinkle some any time you want your kid to perform to their true potential.


Now that’s a superhero power I can relate to!



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A visionary technologist by day, Delia is also a published author and public speaker, often focusing on topics of project management, research practices, user experience and diversity in the workplace. Involved in the community and external business world, Delia co-founded Designing Me, an organization that steers professional women into executive and leadership positions. Her Got Strategy workshop assists junior and mid-level professionals in setting and executing a career strategy.

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