"Ughhhh, I hate writing! I don't want to take the writing part. Do not sign me up for THAT."
But the college we've talked about you going to requires it.
"Noooooooo. I don't even want to go to *insert parental alma mater here*."
You will be fine.
"No it won't. I won't be ready."
It's ok, if you do poorly, you can re-take it.
"No, that's stupid."
And so on. You get the picture.
I have always tended to shelter No. 1 as she is a timid little sprout. However, just before Christmas, during a little chat the two of us had, I lovingly broke the news that I am planning on gently nudging her over the next year or so to get her ready to leave the nest.
I'm pretty sure putty will fill in the scratches
~ nailmarks of hesitancy~
But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:11-12).