All posts tagged: mistakes

My High Schooler’s Stress About Failure And My Blogging Anniversary

Last night I stayed up late talking to my rather upset daughter Meg. She is a senior in high school and based on the amount of ice cream consumed in the past couple of days, she is a very stressed young lady. Together we sat on her bed and rather than reading a sweet bedtime story like days past, we talked about the cold, hard realities of her life at this moment. GPA, Class Rank, SAT, ACT, AP… all these numbers, and all these distinctions, are driving her nuts and causing her to think less about herself. Like somehow she doesn’t add up. Sadly, it isn’t just in the autism world we have labels and distinctions and this’s and that’s. Oh Dear God what are we doing to our children? What are we doing to each other? The pressure to perform that we put on children is ridiculous. It just is. Last year I got an email from Meg’s school notifying all volunteer parent monitors of the AP tests that we were not allowed to …