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Singapore students suffering from test anxiety

From ‘Singapore students suffer from high levels of anxiety: Study’, 20 Aug 2017, article by Sandra Davie, ST

Singapore students may be topping the charts in mathematics, science and reading, but it is exacting a heavy emotional price on them.

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High Hopes!

“Next time you’re found, with your chin on the ground
There’s a lot to be learned, so look around
Just what makes that little old ant… 557 more words


Lilka Raphael reblogged this on GOD, autism and me and commented:

“Next time you're found, with your chin on the ground There’s a lot to be learned, so look around Just what makes that little old ant Think he'll move that rubber tree plant Anyone knows an ant, can't Move a rubber tree plant” My hopes haven’t always been high. I’ve always been a “realist” even as I prayed to God for the miracles I sought. It is only in the past four or five years that I realized I wasn’t setting my “hopes” even remotely high enough. As I began to see how God was using my son Lan to not only show me what He could do and would do for me, God also taught me to get my hopes up! One small victory after another made me realize that I didn’t have to have the weight of the world on my shoulders. I somehow managed to let God be God and relax a little and truly trust God for the things I prayed for. It has been my general experience that God responds to my level of expectation. The things I dare hope and dream for He brings (slowly) to fruition if I hope hard enough and trust that He can and He will. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5 NKJV  Hope does not disappoint. I would rather hope for the best and be proven wrong than wallow in misery faithless. Yes, there are things I will never understand. Yet, I cannot allow life’s disappointments to rob me of God’s peace when I choose to trust in Him. Lan is asserting his independence more and more. He has “high hopes” for his future. If I tell him something’s not going to happen he just gives me “the look” learned from big brother that basically says I hear you but I’m not listening to a thing you say. And that’s not always a bad thing. I believe my past failures to hope as high as God would have me to do stem from listening to people instead of listening to God. If we are so tuned in to the multitude of “nos” coming from the choir, we will never hear God’s whispered “yes.” Lan has confidence I never had at his age, partly because he had to work extremely hard to meet his goals. He learned far sooner than I ever did to tune out the “no.”  I’m grateful to have come to a point where I can persevere and hope for God’s best fully aware that His best isn’t always what I want. Hope does not disappoint. “But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes He's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes So any time you’re gettin' low 'Stead of lettin' go Just remember that ant Oops there goes another rubber tree plant”   **Songwriters: J. VAN HEUSEN, S. CAHN  High Hopes lyrics © BARTON MUSIC CORPORATION

I Do Not Want to Replace You

A few days ago I woke up in the middle of a nightmare. I was dreaming about trying to get my family out of San Francisco before a nuclear missile hit the west coast.   1,265 more words


Facing our imperfections in parenting

In a heart-wrenching article, “Parenting a constant fight to be the best amid failure,” a mother feels like a failure because she’s less than perfect. The author Ashley Abramson also reflects about her own opioid-addict mother. 535 more words


Five Things on a Friday

  1. I am so tired. Little MPB is really struggling with his two year molars at the moment. No-one in our house has slept for at least a few nights.
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Dear Diary, I want strangers to know they can help.

Dear Diary,

I want strangers to know they can help.  Today I put The Woman Who Feeds Me through the ringer.  We drove in the car along the freeway and I thought we were going to Knott’s Berry Farm. 1,135 more words

Down Syndrome

What I said and what I wanted to say...

Two weeks ago we dropped our kids off at camp, three provinces away, for a month long stay. Today I received a letter from our son and it instantly reminded me of the feelings I had when we said our final goodbyes before leaving him with his cabin mates. 71 more words