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I agree. Progress is progress and achievement is achievement. It’s okay not to know the answers - yet!
My daughter sat her GCSE English 5 times before she passed. I’d call her tenacious and that’s what allowing children to try again builds. I passed my driving test on the 4 attempt so my previous errors become lessons in themselves rather than failings.
I finished school with very low grades and now I’m on my 3rd masters with a pending PhD application. Yes, life does work this way of you let it. Some things are more challenging for some people than others. Nonetheless. We are all equal.
I’d rather say to a child or young person that they haven’t managed it yet than ever say they have failed. They’re on a journey and they are growing. We draw these lines in the sand and say you must know by that stage or it doesn’t count.
I can tell you, it counts just as much after the line in the sand. But you have more bruises from the knocks of believing you have failed.
Children don’t fail.
Systems do!
We need to challenge the system and that starts with challenging our own assumptions.
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Dear ADHD

Dear ADHD.

I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. Mostly positively but sometimes not. I have known you all my life but not by name. You are the fire in my belly and the creativity in my mind. You are behind my emotional rollercoaster, my struggle with time, and the reason I struggle to be still. You’re also the reason I hate to be told ’No’ and why I’m always looking to find my own path – which is usually winding!

It is a relief to know you. Before that I just felt broken and useless. Capable yet chaotic. Life was hard and I felt I only had myself to blame. It went on like that for 41 years before you were revealed to me. I was so sad and mad when I first saw you. I grieved for all that could and should have been if only I had known you were there.

10% of my life later, I have learned to accept you, appreciate you and even love you. I recognise the joy and excitement that you bring to my life. I know you are the reason my head is full of ideas and my heart is full of passion.

You are difficult to live with. The minute I’m not paying attention to you, you play up and create havoc. But on the good days, which are more plentiful now than ever before, you light up my life and make the impossible possible.

Everything is going to be okay. We are going to have a good rest of our lives together. Thank you for being a part of me.

Lots of love 
Jannine. 💕

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