Maybe I’m the one, lackadaisical parent who didn’t have testing day circled in red Sharpie on our calendar, counting down the days to the big event. Maybe I’m the slacker mom who didn’t make my kids go to bed much earlier than normal (we already go to bed fairly early, according to my kids). Maybe I’m the only parent who didn’t get up and cook a healthy, well-rounded breakfast and see my soon-to-be-testers out the door (For all of you who did, great job!).
For me…today is just another day, and I refuse to allow my my kids to be defined by a score on a test. Based on their test-taking histories, I can probably give you a ballpark of how they will do. In the end, though, I don’t expect my kids to become engineers, donut-makers, attorneys, sports trainers, telemarketers (though I will hang up on them if they pitch me their product!), programmers, nurses, Wal-Mart cashiers, or that guy who stands on the side of the road holding a sign that says “Furniture Liquidation! Everything must go!”.
My hope is that they will trust God to guide their lives and believe that He loves them just the way they are. I want them to love others, treating all people with kindness and respect (not just the ones who are nice to them). I desire for them to find spouses who will love them and that together they will serve others in the name of Jesus Christ. And in doing these things they will be happy (though sometimes they will be sad–it’s how life rolls) and know true joy.
I’m pretty sure you don’t have to make a certain score on the LEAP, IOWA, iLEAP, Explore, ACT, or SAT to do those things. And me…well, I’m just going to try to parent my kids well *every* day, not just testing day. I’m sure I’ll screw it up some, but I’m trusting God to help me.