When you have a twice-exceptional child, you develop a team of experts that understand your unique parenting issues. As an important member of our team, we gain great insight from each appointment with Dr. Steven Curtis. Dr. Curtis comes from a place of celebrating strengths and interests instead of focusing on struggles. I have to admit that this was a new approach for me and one that I wasn’t comfortable with initially. For our first visit, I had a long laundry list of things that “needed to be fixed” and thought that was why we were going. It didn’t take long for me to see the benefits of approaching parenting from a positive place; honestly, it has changed our family.
We felt as though a summer “check in” was a great idea and it gave us an excuse to ride the ferry and enjoy a bit of island life. In addition to the helpful appointment, I took a page from Dr. Curtis’ book and noticed several positives during our day.
First, my TBP sat patiently in the waiting room while the adults spoke; it was 15-20 minutes and he didn’t interrupt once. Next, my son walked in alone and actively participated in the session. When the appointment was over, he was talkative and even remarked about how fun the time was with Dr. Curtis and what they would do when he returned.
After the appointment, we were all quite hungry. We found a favorite restaurant and ordered drinks, sandwiches and fries. By this time, my son was really thirsty and in the past, this could have caused a scene. Today, he waited until his drink came without complaints or stress. While we waited for our food, we played with Army men that my son had brought on the trip. I can’t remember the last time that the iPad wasn’t needed in a restaurant.
Now Universe…please don’t think I’m getting too full of myself and that you need to teach me a lesson! I know that parenting is a roller coaster and we will hit lows at times; just let me enjoy this great success for a little bit! 🙂