One Year's Supply of P.E.T. Vitamins Delivered!
Dear readers, today I celebrate a year's worth of posts -- all 47 of them!
With the hefty gratitude of a new blogger, I want to thank Gordon Training International for sharing quite a few of them on their Facebook page and on Linked In. I also appreciate others spreading the word and joining my mailing list.
And the blog wouldn't exist without the permission and generosity of my family!
My husband and three children (in case you don't know, I use pseudonyms for them) have been willing to share the goings-on here because they see the value in openly learning from dilemmas that are not so different from other families. Thank you for your proofreading, feedback and support!
It's been therapeutic and given me greater clarity as an instructor to turn a P.E.T. eye onto things like:
- My own mess-ups: tantrums (mine); summer camp grief; homework; reading & Mandarin; zero holiday spirit; and internet safety
- Little kid stuff: P.E.T. with the under 5s; how to confront wee ones; teaching congruence even at an early age; answering "Who do you love more -- me or the baby?"
- GUILT -- I had to let that one simmer a long time
- My "easy child" who absorbed so many unintended lessons & beliefs
- Sibling strife
- That incendiary issue: gaming
And, hearteningly, many have written in to describe benefits they are deriving too:
A few years ago, I read Debbie Ford's The Dark Side of the Light Chasers. She shares David Simon's words on the concept of dharma:
[D]harma, or purpose, holds that there are no spare parts in the universe. Each of us enters the world with a unique perspective and set of talents . . . When we are living in dharma, we are in service to ourselves and to those affected by our choices. We know we are in dharma when we cannot think of anything else we would rather be doing with our life.
-- Page 174 (emphasis added)
In her last chapter, Ford encourages readers to create a mission statement, "an affirmation of who you want to be in the future."
I wrote this for myself:
And that's what I'm doing as a P.E.T. instructor and joyous blogger. Thank you for celebrating this first anniversary with me!
Wishing you peace in parenting,
I would be remiss if I didn't include these two professional endorsements. I so appreciate them, Michelle and Kathryn!