This morning I saw a bumper sticker touting "My child won a Monthly Attendance Award at blah-blah elementary school." Do we really give scholastic accolades these days for just showing up for all the days in one month of school? I know this is all rooted in the effort to boost a child's self-esteem, but is it going too far? Should we send the message that all you have to do to be an exemplary student is to show up for one month straight? More importantly, should I notify my boss that I am due for special recognition for my perfect attendance at my job in March?