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Hey kids, you are greater than any test

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To my kids, and all the kids in the midst of standardized testing:

You are greater than any test.

Let me repeat that: You are GREATER than any test.

It doesn’t matter to me the test score, what matters, to me is how hard you try.

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This is why.

I want you to be empathetic and kind. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to love others. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to like learning. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to treat others with respect. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to be filled with confidence. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to try new things. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to be daring. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to be a friend. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to be creative. A test doesn’t measure that.

Now, listen, I know that when the time starts and you’re holding that number two pencil that it’s hard to remember that. I get it. We live in a world of grades and tests. And learning to take a test is NOT a bad thing. It’s a good thing to figure out test taking skills. It teaches you patience, determination and how to figure stuff out under pressure.

But remember – the test is only a small portion of what you know.

We know that. Teachers know that. Parents know that.

You have true powerful value beyond that test.

And that is what I want you to remember as you read those questions and fill in your answers.

You are greater than any test.

You are valuable and wonderful and a gift to this world.

Not because of a test.

Because you are you.

~Rachel

Rachel Marie Martin is the founder of FindingJoy and author of The Brave Art of Motherhood - where she celebrates the power of showing up and provides moms with the steps they need to celebrate their stories and find joy again. The personal stories, coupled with real advice have motivated millions of moms to fight for their hearts and to dare to be brave. Click here to grab your own copy and reclaim joy in your life and to learn to celebrate all the days you keep going.

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