I'm just curious. I mean your actual child, not your students. Another thread about summer reading got me thinking. As I mentioned in that thread, a lot of the teachers did extremely nit-picky questions (like asking about small details in the book) to try and see who read the book and who read sparknotes or something like that. As a result, most people got poor grades on those tests. I remember a lot of my friends getting grounded or getting in trouble because they failed or got a bad grade on them. My parents were teachers and because of that people always thought they'd be extra hard on me grade-wise. What's interesting is that they actually weren't at all. I've always had a strong work ethic, but hypothetically if I were to blow off an assignment or not study for a test, I think that would be a different story. I might have been "in trouble" for something like that. However, they knew I studied and worked hard so they were fine with whatever grades I got. My freshman year, I got several D's on the summer reading test, along with pretty much the rest of my class. Most of my friends were grounded because of it. My mom knew I read the books and even took notes, so she wasn't upset with me at all. I did well in the rest of the class, so I still ended up with an A anyway. However, my friends' parents knew they read the book also, but told them they should have studied harder. My parents were also really good about recognizing what was my best...I worked VERY hard in math and struggled a lot. I had to spend several hours a night just getting our usual 30 math problems done. Once I got to HS, my parents couldn't remember the math well enough to help me anymore (they both teach elementary and it had obviously been a long time since they'd had that stuff) so I had a tutor through most of my math classes. I remember them taking me out to dinner once because I got a b- on a final- they knew that for me in that subject, that was an excellent grade that I worked hard for. People always thought I had it rough having teachers for parents- but I think it actually worked out pretty well for me! They also made sure I didnt attend either of their schools and were really careful to not be the "helicopter" type and complain about every little thing even though they may have been more aware of what "should be happening" in any classroom than the typical parent. So do you think that you're more understanding of your kids' grades because you're a teacher? Or do you expect more of them?