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As the Leaving Cert draws closer, I’ve realised my ‘cool dad’ approach to my daughter’s education was a mistake

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In a month, the Leaving Cert will be all over. Picture posed

In a month, the Leaving Cert will be all over. Picture posed

In a month, the Leaving Cert will be all over. Picture posed

Well, are you all set for the Leaving Cert? It’s a question I’ve been asking my teenage daughter for nigh-on two years in the vain hope that at some point she will actually be able to say yes, yes she is all set for the Leaving Cert. But that day is not today. I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow either, or the day after.

In fact, I’m starting to reconsider my cool dad approach to education, all my hippy dippy ‘just as long as you try’ and ‘I’ll still love you no matter how you do’ was a giant mistake. I should have gone with the helicopter parent approach, monitoring every test result to make sure she never dropped below an A- average, remortgaging the house so I could send her to a cramming school, grinds, private tutors, and placing her under unrelenting pressure to do well because failure would not be an option.


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