The names have been changed to protect identities.
Mom: Kyoshi, Grace wants to quit karate.
Kyoshi: Why? She is doing a great job in class.
Mom: She says it getting too hard for her.
Kyoshi: Each belt level will become a little more challenging as you progress through the belt ranks. But remember that the students are also more focused and prepared for the next step.
Mom: But I don’t want it to be too hard for her and take away the fun.
Kyoshi: Let’s bring her in the office and talk about it. (Grace enters the office.) Grace, your mom has informed me that you want to stop coming to karate class. Is everything okay with your training?
Grace: It’s just getting too hard and not as much fun anymore.
Kyoshi: What do we say in class about things getting harder to accomplish?
Grace: We keep trying and never give up. Some techniques are going to be a little harder to do.
Kyoshi: So, why would you want to quit?
Grace: The other belt levels were easy.
Mom: Kyoshi, should it be that hard? (Grace exits the room.)
Kyoshi: Mom, it’s not that hard. Grace is finding out that she needs to pay more attention in class and I believe that’s what she is referring to as hard.
Mom: Do you think giving her a month off would help?
Kyoshi: I don’t think that would make it easier for her. But, what do you think we should do?
Mom: I want to give her a month off.
Kyoshi: I wouldn’t recommend that from my experience of working with students but it’s your choice.
Mom: Kyoshi, it’s so tough with her.
Kyoshi: Being a parent is a tough but very rewarding job and kids are not going to always agree with us.