I lined up my report cards for the last 4 years in each subject. I'll take my Science one for an example:
Year 7: All Excellent (4 tickboxes, Excellent, very good, Adequate, Needs Improvement), good handwriting, good report.
Year 8: 3 Excellent, 1 Very good, Handwriting not so tidy, but still ok. Good report.
Year 9: 1 excellent, 1 very good, 2 Adequates, hand writing worse, report dodgy.
Year 10: 2 Adequate, 2 needs improvement, hand writing terribly, report pretty bad, despite my grades being an A and a B.
For my grades in total, I got 2 A*'s, 4 A/B's, 5 B/C's, 1 C/D. Compare this to year 7, where I got 10 A*'s.
I think I should work harder!!!
Don't worry about your parents, they'll forgive you in time