If you have ever had a child going through the exam, you'll probably recognise plenty of these. (Belfastlive - 15 Nov 2016)
1, Your child starts P6 and you promise yourself the transfer test won’t bring out the tiger (parent) in you. No matter what happens you will be calm and never let them see that this is scaring the absolute bejaysus out of you.
2, By Halloween the din of the other mums starts to infiltrate your calm exterior, “OMG only 12 months to go!!” Wise up! As if you ever started revising for an exam a year in advance in your puff. If you value your sanity you MUST avoid the desperate mummies of Hysteria Lane.
3, The pressure builds as the year goes on. You try to act normally when you pick your child up from school, but when you say, ”How was your day pet?” in your best faux-casual voice, what you actually mean was; “how did you get on in the test today?” “Tell me now, so I can plot it on my secret spreadsheet and cross reference it with your last 3 averages!” Normal behaviour, no?
4, You will no longer converse with your child in a normal manner. You get a bit shrill sergeant major-esque and say things like; “you do know this” and “I told you that this morning”. Give me 20 push ups, 10 square numbers and 4 conjunctions now!