Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Definitely Not the Head of the Class

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Definitely Not the Head of the Class

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When I was a kid I dreaded parent-teacher interview evenings.

As a parent I dread them even more.

Don't get me wrong, I'm under no false illusions. While my children are not exactly monosyllabic, moronic mutants (not most of the time, anyway), I don't expect to be running through the streets of suburbia anytime in the foreseeable future screaming out, a[approximately]My child is dux of the school'. I also don't hold out much hope for one of those, a[approximately]My kid is an honour student' bumper stickers anymore, either.

It wasn't always like this.

I remember back in the days of kindy my youngest totally rocked the art world. No one could touch her finger paintings skills. This child was an artist, a budding Picasso with a budding career.

But that tiny window into the world of me becoming a bragging mother was quickly shattered when the next year she graduated to Year 1 where they introduced paint brushes. Pretty soon the writing was on the wall, the desk, the floor and the student sitting next to her.

And my dreams of saying, a[approximately]My child is an artist who does exciting, arresting work' suddenly turned to nightmares of a[approximately]My child is a graffiti artist who was almost arrested for her work'.

It was a similar story with my eldest.

Over the years many of his school reports have praised his soccer skills. Which is all well and good when Tim Cahill pulls a hammy and can't play in the next World Cup, as my eldest assures me he is ready to step in, do his bit for the country and pull on the Socceroos jersey, but until that day comes, I just can't see a resume listing a[approximately]good ball-juggling abilities' impressing any high flyers in the corporate world once they realise it's not a metaphor for multitasking.

So it was with little expectation and some trepidation I went to my children's high school this week for the latest round of parent-teacher interviews. …

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