Perfect Attendance

@thuhuong (828)
United States
February 6, 2010 1:36pm CST
Recently the little ones picked up their report card and some received certificates of perfect attendance. I remember receiving some myself when I was young. They really were great tools for what is now a reminder of punctuality in the real world. You can benefit a lot as it also determines your status. Did you receive perfect attendance? How are you now in the real world with your punctuality and work? Do you regard it as priority and for your children?
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@mzz663 (2776)
• United States
6 Feb 10
I got perfect attendance one year while I was in school and I was really young. I admired the girl in my school that went from k-grtn to her senior year without missing a day of school and she felt guilty that one day she left an hour early because she wasn't feeling well. My son got perfect attendance for a lot of years, somehow he would always get sick on the weekends and holidays. Good thing for him that he loved school. He is graduated now and is never late to work and never misses a day of work but misses school something terrible.
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• United States
6 Feb 10
Wow, that girl who did that would've gotten some free money if she had gone to my high school. I think they give you $1000 if you have perfect attendance through high school, lol.
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@mzz663 (2776)
• United States
6 Feb 10
That was a very long time ago but I do know she got a lot of scholarships to go to college. I'm not sure just what happened to her after she graduated but sometimes I wonder if she is still a college student or became a teacher since she liked school so much!
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Yes, moneymaker, the place where I work at compensates you for perfect attendance as well and so far ... I haven't got any :P. Ironic, I think if I kept at it, I would have a lot of extra money on the side. But as I got older, I guess it became too much of a competition not worth trying to rank myself in. It's ok if I slipped now and then though. However, this does not mean I condone it not living too strict on it's belief that's all.
@Mady2791 (547)
• United States
7 Feb 10
I have also received certificates of perfect attendance when I was young in school. I have one form 8th grade where it says I didn't miss a day of school: from sept 3 to June 18. I also have another one from my senior year that says 100% attendance(i'm looking at them right now, have them all in a manila envelope..what a nerd hahaha) Oh, by the way I'm VERY puntual. It's just the way I am, the way I function. Mostly because I don't like to rush. I don't like reaching my destination hyperventilating and my heart rate up.lol My parents are the same way especially my father, so I was raised arriving at destinations earlier than it was expected. I do hope I can pass my children the same puntuality habit. I'm setting the example..but hey they need to decide that on their own as an adult :)
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
LOL Mady, you're looking at your certificates, :P Well, I'm happy for you. You're right, it's not a great way to arrive somewhere tired and exhausted. Your mind isn't thinking straight and you're kind of worrying about a million things at once. As long as you're not doing it on purpose but you're sincerely sorry for it, I guess some people will forgive you.
@Mady2791 (547)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Yes, I was looking at them. :) Some of them the gold seal thing like foil(i don't know how you call them)have loosen up and fallen off some of the certificates. I might glue them back someday..don't feel like it now..I'm lazy :(
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Maybe you can laminate them, you know, the hot plastic that seals the paper hard. That will make it last for years and you'll never have to worry about falling foil :)
• United States
6 Feb 10
Honestly, I don't think having perfect attendance is that big of a deal. Atleast at my age it isn't. When kids are young, it might be to instill a sense of discipline in them. However, I find myself missing school every once in a while, but not because I skip or anything. I just have other things going on as well (i.e.- performances with ensembles I'm in, auditions, etc.)...
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
LOL, yes the after-school activities and the doctor appointments and/or appointments you have to leave early for, the list goes on ...
• United States
7 Feb 10
Yeah, ugh, so many extra things kids are expected to do these days just to be considered "competitive"...it's kinda ridiculous. I can't imagine what my kids will have to do in the future as people become more and more competitive, lol.
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
well, that can be tough, cause when is enough, enough? There's just no limit to the things you can once it's out there.
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
7 Feb 10
I completely agree with you!! I think it's a marvelous way to encourage children to take school seriously and to build character and responsiblity. We didn't have them where I went to school growing up but I think I would have received several as I rarely took sick days. And the more children are at school on a consistant basis, the better they will be able to learn and that will help them in the future. I am self employed so attentdence is not really an issue as I'm the bos...LOL. I work over 70 hours a week but self discipline is something I learned from my parents along with a strong work ethic. Take care!!
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Wow, it's take a lot of discipline doing what you're doing. 70 hours a week? I applaud you. That's what I call commitment. I'm doing 40 and there are times, I feel the week is longer but 70? I think I should just be quiet. :)
• United States
7 Feb 10
LOL...It's alot easier in some ways since I work for myself. Being self employed, the harder I work, the faster my company will grow and the more hours I can offer my employees. I have several folks who work for me now that are exceptional in how hard they work and how much fun it is to work with them. I'd much rather work my butt off for myself than someone else! I think most small business owners work a ton of hours in the beginning to get everything established and to expand the company. At least that's what I keep telling myself since I work every day and many days 12 hours a day. But I also love what I do and have flexible hours and can set my own schedule so there are many benefits that way too. Be Well!
@neildc (17257)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
7 Feb 10
i can't remember being recognized in school for being punctual and with perfect attendance. maybe, i was sickly when i was still young. is there an award for being punctual and with perfect attendance, here on mylot?
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Yeah, they should give out those rewards, I don't mind having a good incentive for just being here :P That's a good idea!
@neildc (17257)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
8 Feb 10
why not GoAskAlice about this?
@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Feb 10
Yes it's a priority. I don't remember what they did when I was in school. Too long ago...
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
LOL, what do you remember dawnald?
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Feb 10
How boring my 11th grade history teacher was, that I liked my CA history and German and American lit teachers, my friends, more or less the layout of the school, probably some funny stories...
@qamarep (4453)
• Pakistan
7 Feb 10
i used to have a perfect attendance but we didnt have rule to get prize for that.
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
9 Feb 10
That's probably not a motivating factor huh? As it seems there are more important thing besides work nowadays.
@danitykane (3192)
• Philippines
7 Feb 10
When I was still in school I had a perfect attendance throughout the whole year. But now that I'm already working I can't perfect my attendance. sad. I wish I could but just last month I got sick and wasn't able to go to work. Ughh.. I wish I could have at least one perfect attendance for the entire year at work. Still gonna work on that.
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
9 Feb 10
I think our health and children becomes more important as we get older and wherever we go. Basically we're working for them and attendance although important needs us to be mentally aware at work as well. I believe this is in certain situations, for others it may be a breeze. But when it comes time to pay the bills, you gotta pay the bills.
• China
7 Feb 10
I am quite used to a bit, sometimes a lot, earlier than the appointment time. I hate being late. Early arrivals means, for me, early preparation and source of confidence. It often betters my work. I am grateful my mom raised my up like that. ^_^
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Good for you. It's always great to know what moves you and whatnot. I know that for some it starts and then stops and starts again. At least for me, it's that way. I just know that punctuality is important now as it was back then.
@proXace (50)
• Australia
7 Feb 10
Congrats on your childrens perfect attendance!! Right throughout my primary school years i had a perfect attendance record. Primary was so fun, i wanted to go everyday, even the weekends!!. But when i hit college my attendance started dropping DRAMATICALLY. It just wasn't the same anymore, not like you could play on a playground or anything lol. Even though i missed so much school i still managed to keep my grades way above average which was a shock to all my teachers etc but when i hit my final year of high school had to leave because i moved to another country. Today with punctuality, im better than i was in high school but not perfect. I find it really hard to even wake up some mornings
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Thanks! You're right. I think attendance wasn't as rewarding as when it was in grade school as our little minds were clueless to the real world but as we got older, the responsibilities, worries and who knows what plagues us, well they make it less fun to make perfect attendance:P and I do too, find it hard to get up on most days.
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
7 Feb 10
Oh, it's the first time that I hear that something like that exists I have always had a good attendance, but if I had ever received a certificate like that I think that I would have been happy, as being rewarded always makes you feel good, even if it's just some words. I think that it's good that they do that in some countries
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Hello mad, yes they do that here in the states a lot to encourage one to keep at it and to do better. It's one way to motivate as well as stimulate the individual to compete. Overall, it makes everyone hungry enough to try to achieve one which is the driving force that pushes us forward.
@dasj20 (127)
• India
6 Feb 10
HI thank you for asking you this question because i recall my school and college days. at my school days i got 85% attendance and it is very beautiful days. then in my college days i got 98% attendance and maintain a good record. but compare these two, i like school days...... thank you my friend have a nice day
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Hello das! Wow, your percentages of schooling is not bad, actually it's great. At least than most younger folks I know now. Keep at it in life too buddy.
@Hatley (163849)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Feb 10
thuhuong well no as I lived in one of the coldest states in the US when we were growing up so in the winter the school would be closed a lot as blizzards closed the roads into Newell sD and out of the town a lot but when it was open Idid have perfect attendance most years except for the year of the mumps, the measles and the whooping cough. that year no not at all. I am always early or on time, and never late as I feel its insulting to those who are kept waiting on you. they made an appointment with you and you should honor it and be on time. if I have an emergency I will always call and tell them I am going to be late. I taught my son to be on time too.
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Yes, a few years back I was toying with the punctuality theory and to my dismay it isn't comfortable for your employer to see you taking your job not seriously. I've learn though that no matter what it is that you want to do, punctuality is the first thing that you will be judge by before they even meet you. So if it's a meeting, yes, by all means get there early. I used to mope about it but now, but I wasn't serious about it then as well so times change.