Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 5th 2016 Contents Of the five grandchildren in our
family, my nine-month-old son
Kyle is the first male and the
youngest. And he is the least trouble-
some baby out of all of them.
Now that might change as he gets
older, of course. He is now starting to
walk with support, and already wants to
try to run.
When he moves about by standing
and holding on, he is more likely to
tumble than any of his girl cousins were
at that stage, not because he is clumsy,
but because he thinks he can do more
than he actually can.
He typically reaches out for my hand
when he needs help, which his sister
Jinaki never did---she would just go
down and crawl to where she wanted to
go. And all the other children also
crawled on their hands and knees---Kyle
can do it, but prefers to commando
crawl on his stomach, because he gets
where he s going faster.
Yet, with all that, he is not a fussy
baby. Even when he cries for something,
he rarely bawls, as his cousins did and
as his sister does sometimes even at
Our Irish paediatrician says that boy
babies are typically calmer than girls,
but I ve read parenting literature that
says otherwise---I haven t found any
actual study, however.
It is true, though, that boys are on
average more physically active than girls,
and this starts from the womb.
Having only dealt with girls until Kyle
came along, I was also surprised at how
strong a boy baby is: if I want to get
him to let go of something, I have to
carefully pry each finger loose---with his
sister, I could have just tugged her hand.
Even changing his diaper is a challenge,
not because of the risk of him peeing in
my face, but because he wriggles in a
way his sister never did for that exer-
cise. Developmentally, boys on average
lag behind girls.
As far as I can tell, how-
ever, Kyle has so far
hit every develop-
such as smiling
Yet I worry
just because he is
After all, ours is a
teenage boys are
"deviants," not just
used to be the case.
the boys academical-
ly at every level. But
this latter is true in
every country with a
education system, though
only a few have begun to take action to
In most countries, however, the typical
attitude has been that boys aren t doing
well in school because they don t
have the same attitude as girls---
ie they don t sit still in class,
they don t pay attention, they
think reading is sissy.
Yet, in those schools and
countries where boy-friendly
pedagogy is used, the boys do as
well and even out-perform the
Even something as simple as
ensuring that boys get to read
books which have action and
adventure alters both their reading
scores and their
I m not
But I don t
he will cope
in a society
and a world
his gender as
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Go, Mr Garcia, Go! I must say that my heart
thumped with sheer relief when the Minister of
Education showed guts recently. You see, I agree with
him! It is time for us to wake up and smell the stink
weeds! It is time for us to call it as it is!
There are too many rude and ridiculous youths in
our system who abuse the freedom that many have
fought and struggled for. Some have argued that it is
their right to be educated but I must remind them
that with rights are responsibilities. It is the responsi-
bility of the parent to teach their wards respect and
regard for the public space otherwise the public space
can refuse access.
Those deviants that enter schools everyday with
the intentions to distract, disrespect and dehumanise
others must go. Their presence does not add to any
positive productivity in the public space.
Education provided can be considered as an invest-
ment in the human resource. Will you invest in rotten
fruits? Those deviants do not deserve to be among
the children who are willing to learn and are willing to
operate within the maxims of a rule governed social
I am certain some may retort by saying they are
children, give them a chance. But I say, act the way
you want to be treated! When a child can threaten a
teacher's family, he is not a child; when a child can
curse a teacher, she is not a child; when a child can
fight police, he is not child! Do not expect the rights of
law abiding citizens when you act like a criminal!
People are always complaining about bullying in
schools, sexual perversion in schools and delinquency
in schools. People are always comparing long time
teachers to present teachers, long time children to
present, but what about long time parenting?
Long time parents had respect for teachers. Long
time parents valued education, what has happened?
Let's face it---we are in this horrible state because of
all the "love and logic sofa parenting!" Many parents
now (though they wouldn't admit it) are afraid of
their children! As usual there is no balance.
We have moved away from the traditional "authori-
tarian home" to the totally "permissive/materialistic
home." Where is the balance? Why complain and then
get upset when someone has finally decided to take
Do the means justify the end? I think so. Only radi-
cal action can divorce us from our desperate state. No
compromise, Mr Garcia! Let the flowers bloom again
by removing the weeds! If we do carry our nation's fu-
ture in our schoolbags, am I to believe that our future
is to be governed by guns, drugs, and illiteracy? No
T&T, no! If those "monsters" want to be part of our
system, then they must prove to be worthy of it!
Remove the weeds,
let flowers bloom
A PARENTING COLUMN BY KEVIN BALDEOSINGH
Boy, oh boy
MAN AND CHILD
Our Irish paediatrician says that boy babies are typically calmer than girls, but I've read parenting literature
that says otherwise---I haven't found any actual study, however. It is true, though, that boys are on average
more physically active than girls, and this starts from the womb. Having only dealt with girls until Kyle came
along, I was also surprised at how strong a boy baby is: if I want to get him to let go of something, I have to
carefully pry each finger loose---with his sister, I could have just tugged her hand.
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