As the girls grow, I tend to be less uptight in their exam results. I used to have a hangup and obsession with test results, placing emphasis especially on Alycia as I know that she can be groomed to excel. Lately, I have learned to let go. I don’t revise with her anymore. She prefers to do exam revisions herself in the confines of her own bedroom. I only guide the two younger ones. Not getting an A does not upset me that much anymore, especially if I know that they have worked hard. But it’s a different reaction from me if they do not bother to study or shows a lackadaisical attitude academically and then produce crap to me after the exam! Yes, I can be a tiger mum too!
On Sunday, Alycia suddenly remembered that she had forgotten to inform me of something!
Alycia – mummy, would you believe it if I told you that I got no. 1 in class?
Me – really? Where’s your report card?
Alycia – my friends from xxx class (the top elite class) told me that their teacher told them that I am no. 1 and that I will join them in after-school tuition soon. My Science teacher also hinted something to me.
Me – OH!!
So I’ll see ** tap fingers on table **
Getting first in class is not everything, as with getting straight As. I think having a high score in emotional quotient (EQ) is much much more important for a person to achieve happiness and success in life, agree? I think Alycia has lots to learn in building her EQ.
Yesterday when receiving Cass from the school van, she was holding a bunch of test papers. The moment she alighted from the van, Cass excitedly told me that she scored 100% in her Math test! In fact, she scored As in all her test papers! Though thoroughly overjoyed over her achievement, I know that this is only her very first test and that her tests will only get harder in the exams to come. Furthermore, I know that Cass still needs LOTS and LOTS of drilling in her Chinese language to be able to survive in a Chinese school.
Anyway, I shall seize the pleasures of the moment and enjoy my daughters’ mini achievements and celebrate with them… with rewards for them of course 🙂
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