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Pre-SEA advice

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I often see articles come out just before SEA and they generally make me role my eyes.

Get a good night’s rest.

So, wasn’t that happening all the time before? Children should always be in bed at an appropriate time to allow them to sleep at least nine hours at that age. Were we happily placing their development at risk all the other days?

Eat a proper breakfast.

Again, why do we need an article to remind parents to feed their children before going to school? Why do we need a special exam to ensure our children are well fed in the morning?

Well this one is the funniest. No mention of God all the years before, but suddenly, we want to pray. Is either we were praying every morning or not. God isn’t some accessory to be used, so please...stop.

Stay calm and be positive.

This one right up there with pray, as one of my biggest pet peeves. All year you in the child head bout “doh come home if ya ain’t pass for X, Y, Z.” You have clearly been singing a different tune from day one of primary school, but now you want your intelligent child to believe your speech about just do your best blah blah blah. This reminds me of an abusive husband all dressed up on a big day and he just expects his wife to fall in and act like the perfect couple just for this special day.

Can we be real for once in our nation’s history? If you need to drastically change your routine in the days leading up to SEA, then you’ve been doing it wrong. #sorrynotsorry. Positivity, prayers, good nutrition, rest and relaxation ought to have been front and centre all year long. Those were key ingredients that should have been thrown into the pot of success a long time ago. If you have been doing it right, the only advice left to give is this: “Just act like it’s a normal day. Go in there and write the exam like it’s any other exam. This exam may seem important now but it does not define your life and it certainly does not define my love.”

I hope this dose of reality didn’t ruffle too many feathers. Y’all know it’s all done in love and a genuine yearning for improved family life in T&T.


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