It has come upon us, as a home..............
(Dum dum duuuuuum)
It is terrifying! For us, as much as him (the teen). Why is it scary? Let us count the ways..
1. My baby is growing up, in many ways he is now classed as an adult.
2. This is it. What he does now, pretty much, defines how the rest of his life goes.
3. This is just the beginning. After this there will be higher education, driving theory tests, driving tests. The tests that start now, just keep going.
4. This is the first step towards my baby leaving, growing up and stuff!
Is that enough for you? Add to that, my tween is about to start the local Comprehensive, it all adds up to me feeling very sick..........and old!
On a serious note.
This is hard for the teen. He has put a lot of time and effort into getting through these exams, with good results. It is exhausting.
He received his exam timetable the other day, this is a snapshot:
Can you remember what that felt like? I know I wouldn't want to go back there.
Then you have the joy of dealing with the WJEC, the examining board. The examining board that, in it's infinite wisdom, decided to change the way it marked it's English exams........
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR!??!
There is plenty of
waffle information, on the Internet, to tell you why they did this. But none of it excuses the fact that children (they are still children), who normally get A or A*, were suddenly getting D's or lower?!
My son was a victim to this, as his exam was marked as a D, he was expecting a B. In their good grace(?!) they are allowing the teens to sit the exam again, free of charge. Isn't that nice of them?
So on top of the normal stress, they now have to worry about failing a very important exam. This is not right!
So exam season is upon us.
How are you coping?
Does sitting exams get easier?
Does being a parent of a child sitting exams get easier?!