We are approaching the second standardized testing session of the year for students. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if parents had to take a standardized test?
In honor of the approaching testing week the Captain has helped to develop the first ever standardized test for parents. We shall call it the Daddy Aptitude Test Evaluation, or D.A.T.E. for short. Moms, you can take it too, I just went with the dad acronym because I’m a dad – and the other acronym options didn’t work out as well.
At any rate, get your pencils ready. Here we go:
Well, I think that is all for now. Hopefully, you all passed. If you didn’t, then know this – it is not the first time you won’t know all the answers. That is the most humbling and freeing thing about being a parent. You don’t always know the answers. Despite all the books written about parenthood, none have been written about YOUR child (unless you have written it). Take heart in knowing that you are not alone.
The most important standard? When you don’t know the answer, or when you do get it wrong, don’t quit. Chances are, others have also made the same mistake, or sought the same answer. Don’t be afraid to ask.
What question(s) would you add to our test? Leave your questions in the comments below.
Here’s to learning. Remember, we are all in permanent Beta Testing, so there’s no shame in your “score”. Whether you are a standard deviation above or below the median score, the truth is there is always more to learn.
A version of this post originally appeared on lifeofdad.com. You should check out that site. I am a proud member of the LoD community.
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