This post originally appeared on tapestryministry.org March 5, 2013.
Since January my family has implemented more changes than I can count and has been living in transition ever since. We get to each Friday and celebrate that we have survived another week. And we are thankful for all these changes and the ones that we still haven’t gone through, but we are looking forward to when we can start saying goodbye to transition.
That being said, I don’t think we would be doing as well as we are (don’t worry we have bad, ugly days) if we hadn’t been through Empowered to Connect (ETC) training. When my oldest is headed towards spiraling out of control at bedtime and I can look over and snap a picture of her “pushing down a wall” and see my youngest daughter copying her – that is a gratifying moment.
We went through our first ETC parent training when our oldest daughter was 18 months old, and now after 3 years of teaching and implementing the strategies we are seeing more regularly the fruits of our labor. She is initiating the use of the strategies – at least at bedtime.
So if you are new to Tapestry and/or ETC, let me tell you that the time spent learning the strategies and teaching the strategies is worth it; it does take hard work by both the parents and the children but especially the parents. And if you have been using the strategies for awhile, I hope that you too are having gratifying moments, maybe they’re rare or maybe they’re everyday, either way, let them be the encouragement you need to face another day.
If you have any examples of gratifying moments with your children, I would love for you to share your stories in the comments.