So you thought your kid was going to...

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  1. ...go to university or apply for a commission...

    BBC News - A-levels day: 10 mistakes parents make when reacting to results
  2. They missed my Dad's immediate reaction to my O level reults. "Your Maths result is crap".

    I'd passed everything and done more than enough to get onto the course I wanted to do but he shot me right down. One of the down sides to having a teacher as a parent. They think their kids have to be brighter than they are
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  3. I'm just going through this ... Wish I'd read that an hour ago :)

    I said "Well, at least E is a pass ... Isn't it?"
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  4. Twenty or so years ago, a bloke I worked with gave his son the full 'guilt trip experience' about disappointing GCSE grades. An hour or so later the lad hanged himself.

    The father was a broken man from that day onwards.
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  5. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    My Mum's reaction on hearing my GCSE results was simply: "Did you do well enough to get in the Navy then?"

    She just wanted me out of the house.
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  6. A good friend of mine and his brother (who is also a good mate) suffered from this as kids; they're both bright enough but neither of them is academic and their father is retired scientific director from the Home Office Scientific Development Branch. My mate has got GCSEs and professional qualifications and his brother has got GCSEs and A-levels. They both work and have good jobs and can support themselves and their nearest and dearest. Sometimes that is all that really counts...
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  7. Bit like Ravers, got enough to get me in the RN, the rest is history.

    I feel sorry for kids these days, the preasure to achive. Parents should chill a bit.
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  8. It is. Ironically I've probably done best at work out of all my siblings but my school and college qualifications are not the best. I was an idle bastard until I saw the £ signs coming in. I have a brother with a good Law degree who works as an admin grade in a Tax Office. He's never used his degree but the fact he got it and it was more prestigious than mine, Business & Finance (the 1980s fashion degree), means he got far less grief at home where he still lives, single and aged 35, the ******.

    My daughter wants to be a hairdresser. Seeing as you can't outsource hairdressing to India and you never see a poor, self employed hairdresser round here we are 100% behind her. Ultimately it's about making a a decent living and exam results are just a gateway to your next job or course. They become irrelevant pretty quickly when experience takes over.

    Certainly don't want to end up like the dad in Pigshyt_Freeman's post
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  9. DieHard

    DieHard LE Book Reviewer

    My mrs has been stuck to the ceiling for the last couple of days with waiting for results for my 18 year old twins, she had a go at me for being so laid back.
    There were mistakes made with ucas not being updated with the extra work and points the kids did, but a few tense phone calls and emails of results sorted it out, the only pressure I have put on them is to beast my son because he has lost his letter for dsa and needs it for an assessment of needs test.
    However a few phone calls sorted that out and a copy is in the post.
    I am feeling very proud today, my twins are going to Bournemouth university and southhampton solent while there older brother is going onto his second year at Nottingham Trent university. 3 down 2 to go :)

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  10. The line I got after my GCEs was, a career in Science is now out!
  11. It's amazing really. The joy at finding out that your kid's been successful - then the financial implication dawns on you.
  12. Me too.

    For my 17th birthday, I got a suitcase and a lift to the recruiting office.
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  13. My mum was a teacher, and they both just said "that's more than you need to get in the Army"
  14. Move over here. All free (well sort of). Daughter has just finished her BA and is starting on her Masters next month and it has cost me the grand sum of 250euros a semester. Socialists can be good eggs sometimes :)
  15. FHA

    FHA LE

    Good point. I've already got the funds invested so my lads are sorted. If, however, they turn out to be thick, then the new motorhome or BMW I'll buy myself instead, will help sooth the disappointment.