I’m tough. I have high expectations for my kids starting in Kindergarten through 8th grade. They know I won’t accept anything but their best effort, and I won’t tolerate them being disrespectful towards others.
They also know that I know their interests, what they do well, what makes them smile on a bad day, their home situations, and that they are a students of great value.
The only thing they fear is disappointing me. As long as they do their best, that will never happen.