My daughter gets her GCSE results today, her best predicted grades are D’s, but she is realistically expecting E’s & F’s. From day 1 at school it was clear she was not going to get the A* grades.
I have obviously told her this doesn’t matter and tried to build her up where her strengths lie, I don’t think she always believes me, but then, we don’t always get on very well. You see most of the time she hates me and I don’t know how to deal with that, especially when I am probably not the best at showing love and understanding because most of the time I hate myself so I agree with her!
But I do know that your school grades don’t define you, I do know that God has a plan for each of us, even my stubborn non-believing daughter. God loves her and has her path set right out for her, if one day she asks for the wisdom to follow it.
My daughter is fantastic with small children, I don’t just mean she likes to play with them a little, she really knows how to responsibly look after them. But she has given up going down the childcare/education route before she has even begun because she knows her grades won’t be that high!
It is so frustrating to see her write off her best qualities because she hasn’t been examined in them. I wonder how many other professional areas are losing fantastic candidates because they won’t get A-C in English or Maths?
Anyway, I will do what I should do, and that is pray that whatever the results and whatever her reactions to them she will realise that she is a loved /unique/ important /fallible/forgiven individual, she has her whole life ahead of her and no-one else can achieve for her what she can achieve for herself.