Allow your children to feel powerful. We are all meant to shine, as children do. The underlying definition of our standardization in the schools is set to the lowest common denominator. The public school system has been attempting to create a level of conformed education. This doesn’t bode well for creativity – or the fact that 1 out of every 67 kids is on the spectrum. (which that number growing)
Yet tests are a part of life and career… even as an artist you are tested in life in some ways. So how do you enhance that creativity while trying to help prepare your children to pass the “tests” of life? I encourage you to help your children understand what testing is, and what it truly means – because it’s not about getting 100%. Those with 100% often are just good a memorization… I know that from experience. Instead help them understand that we are the ones that hold the power in who we grow into. Not some number on a test.
Maybe even as parents we need to hear this even more. WE need to stop being the doormats that we tend to be because we are fearful of someone thinking we aren’t the “image” of perfection that is expected. Just like a test, you aren’t defined by a number on the scale, a size in your pants, the numbers on your paycheck, the number of friends on your Facebook feed. You are an amazing individual and as such, you should believe that within you is everything you need to overcome all of the obstacles in your life – and that everything about you is what makes you this. YOU need to liberate yourself!!
Let go of those fears that the numbers have created.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of god. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make and manifest the glory of god that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson