NACD Coach Note October 5

First Week of School

Good Morning Families,
I hope that you had a chance to get outside and get some exercise this weekend. It is not just good for your son or daughter, but great for you as well. Those of us in California still have lots of smoke so it’s been difficult but hopefully that too will get better soon!

Let’s be mindful of the fine balance between getting things done that need to be done with a child and finding a way to allow the child to be themselves, and a way for us to find some enjoyment. When you find yourself literally plowing through program activities with the mood getting progressively more negative you really need to just stop. Go do something else for about ten minutes. Maybe you need to do some task that has been weighing on your mind or maybe you need to go get a cup of tea. It is you that needs the reset. 

After you take a little break so you can get rid of your “drill sergeant” demeanor, come back with a smile and some sense of humor so that you and your child can make the most of what you are doing. It’s important to remember we are doing program WITH the child or young adult and not AT them.
Let’s have a fantastic week full of progress!

Glenda

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