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Should I encourage my daughter to be a farmer?

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Q My 15-year-old daughter wants to be a farmer. My aunt is discouraging her. I am angry.

A Totally ignore your aunt. Go ahead and encourage your daughter to be a farmer. Let her pursue her passion. Farming is much more than we think and it can be a great earner. Your daughter will need to learn more about chemistry and management to be a great farmer.

Counsellor forcing her beliefs on students

Q I have a problem with a female counsellor who pushes her belief on the students she counsels. Is this not against the law?

A No counsellor or mental-health practitioner should push their belief on any of their clients. Everyone has a right to their own belief system. A counsellor should guide an individual to deal with the problem identified.

Are GSAT lessons too early at grade four?

Q The grade-four teacher at my school wants to start Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) classes. Isn't this too much too soon?

A It may be that your colleague wants to helps the children with learning problems. I hope the teacher is not going to be teaching the children test material.

Encourage the teacher to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the children and address each child's academic weakness.

Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behaviour problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!