The funniest thing happened this week. Littlest Dude was preparing to spend the day at a friend’s house. We sat together and reviewed the lesson on how to not get angry, and what to do if he feels something’s unfair. We practiced the anger relief method the “help line” coach suggested. I kissed him on the head, and sent him on his way.
After Daddy picked him up quite a few hours later, they both walked in the door laughing. Apparently, Littlest Dude’s friend got mad at his sister, and started beating her up and pulling her hair.
Littlest Dude intervened and made him stop.
Did you get that? Littlest Dude did not jump on the bandwagon with his BEST FRIEND. He made the right choice, and helped someone, even though it might not make him popular with his friend.
The little boy had to go to his room for a time out, and Littlest Dude played with the sister for a while.
Oh! I love hearing wonderful things (Less than a month ago he was thrown out of a friend’s house by the father for acting out) What a wonderful change!
Last night while I was reading a funny book before bedtime, Littlest Dude got a little excited and kicked me in the kidney. OUCH. It knocked the wind right out of me.
“I am such an idiot,” he said, but not at the loud decibel that he normally would have… almost like it was a pre-programmed saying that popped out on his mouth. He then jumped up and ran out of the room, and came back with an ice pack.
Pretty good problem solving, huh? Instead of yelling about what he’d done, he found a way to “fix it.”
I used the ice, and continued the story. Everyone won.
The last lesson: The Workshop DVD.
I must say that I realize we are at a critical juncture right now. I’m not getting friction from my kid, I’m getting resistance to continue from my husband. My fear is that if we stop focusing on the program, that everything will slip back to the way it was. I cannot cave in and allow us to slip up now.
Despite pre-arranging time to do the DVD, and my husband agreeing to do it at an exact time… He forgot and started planning all these other things he wanted to do. Now watching the DVD was “in the way” of getting things done, and we had a fight about it. He got really angry when I used the lessons against him “I’m sorry that you made other plans, but this is what we agreed on.”
I must admit, that I fell into my “negotiator” role and agreed to only do part of it, since it was 1.5 hours long. We watched only the first two lessons.
(And if you read this dear, I love you and I understand that you have so many other responsibilities and you are totally right that there is not enough time in the day to do everything that we need to do… but this is working, right? Aren’t you glad we kept going?)
To be honest, the DVD isn’t all that great. It would not make me want to go to one of the live seminars. What we both agreed was good about it though, is that it reviewed the lessons in a very high-level way. What we got the most out of was when we stopped the DVD and said “I tried that and this happened” or “That really worked for me” or “That didn’t work for me”.
I found out that he had been using the program a lot more than I had realized, and where I had trouble with some things, he had success– so we discussed that. I highly doubt we will finish the DVD this week, but even if we keep our once a week slot and discuss things, I think it will keep us on track.