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'I always liked working with my hands'
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"I was never taught, sometimes I just go
places and see these items and I experiment
on my own until I get it. I've always liked
working with my hands," Simon explained.
Canaan/Bon Accord representative Huey
Cadette, who was on hand to see the display,
said he was happy to play a part in the
development of the programme.
"These centres have shown great devel-
opment throughout the years, not only this
one but the one at Roxborough and the one
at Mary's Hill and Charlotteville. Some of
these centres have their own vehicles, they
are well organised, they have their swimming
pool exercise days and I'm proud to have
been a part of that," Cadette said.
He added: "I am going to continue to
support the youth of yesterday, because it
is just one of the ways we can treasure our
senior citizens and thank you for your sac-
rifice, for your lessons and the values that
you continue to pass on to us."
Adina Campbell, of the Night Nurse Elder-
ly Activity Centre, said while she was glad
the centre was doing a great deal for the
elderly, she hopes it could evolve to do even
"A lot more persons could come out, but
sometimes when they have to prepare meals
or they have to go to the doctor they can't
make it. I know a situation where one of
our members got up and in hustling to cook
to come here she left on the stove," Camp-
She said she was looking forward to the
day the center could provide meals and facil-
itate occasional doctors' visits for members.
Handicraft dolls and cushions in variety. PHOTOS: LOYSE VINCENT
Some of the clothing designed by the
Young son starting to give trouble
I am having some serious issues with my
son. He behaves well but he does not pick
up his book! I have three children and he
is the last. I never experienced this level of
stress with the others. The two older ones
are girls so I don't know if that is why, but
this child is not self -motivated at all. I am
tired of having to tell him to do his work
then turn around and be over his shoulder
to ensure that he does it.
He is in Second Form but I am seriously
thinking about taking him out of school and
letting him do a trade. And the thing is he
has the ability, but to me he is just lazy. He
prefers to play on his phone all day instead
of doing what he has to do.
At his age the girls already knew what
they wanted to do in terms a career and are
well on their way to achieving their goals.
I keep trying to show him how well they
are doing hoping that this would motivate
him, but I honestly don't know if any of
that is working.
My husband and I didn't really take book
but we tried our best to teach the children
from early the importance of a solid edu-
cation. I don't know what else to do with
I really don't think he is dunce.
Dear Frustrated Mother,
No two people are the same and as such
you should not expect your son to be like
his sisters. Siblings who have been brought
up in the same household, given the same
meals and experienced the same thing are
still unique beings. Your job as a parent is
to nurture your son's individuality and
encourage him to excel in the things that
he is good at, even though they may not be
related to academics.
He may also be suffering from poor eye-
sight, have difficulty reading or may have
issues understanding what he would have
read. Speak to his teachers about ways that
they think you can help him improve and
if necessary allow him to attend extra class-
es outside of school hours. Refrain from
comparing him to others, since this may
have a negative impact on his self-esteem.
Pursing a skill is not a bad thing and should
not be used as a threat with the hopes that
his academics would improve. I don't think
that allowing him to quit school with a
Second Form level education is necessarily
a good idea, but you can ask someone in
the neighbourhood to mentor him in a skill
that he likes. Discuss with him what his
preferences might be and give him the
encouragement that he needs.
Regardless of whether he goes on to uni-
versity or decides to start his own garden
or open a business, take pride in the fact
that he behaves well and would undoubt-
edly grow up to be a valuable member of
society. Celebrate you son's uniqueness and
inspire him to be the best possible version
of himself that he can be.
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