Thursday, January 24th 2019
AT RISE: Packing for the juggling festival weekend, ClaraJane is cruising around on one roller skate.
ClaraJane: Mamma? Can you help me find my other roller skate?
Mom: Yes honey. I know where it is, remember? I’m waiting for us to have a conversation. [Sits with outstretched arms.]
ClaraJane: [Droops shoulders, rolls over to mom and sits on lap.]
Mom: So let’s see. When’s the last time we saw it?
CJ: I was chucking it.
Mom: That’s right. So that’s why I didn’t know if you wanted it anymore and put it in the donation bag for now.
CJ: [Eyes fly wide open in fear.]
Mom: Don’t worry, I won’t give it away. And remember we all make mistakes, I’m just waiting for you to clean up that mistake.
CJ: [Exhales.] OK Mom. You know how sometimes I get in that mood? And I forget to think? The one where I forget the top of the triangle* and kind of have a tantrum?
Mom: Yes honey, we all do sometimes.
CJ: Well that’s what happened and I’ll do my best not to do it again and I hope you can forgive me.
Mom: Of course sweetheart. Listen, I ‘been tantruming my whole life. I’m still learning the top of my traingle!
Mom: Now frankly, I will expect more of you going forward, because you have parents who have actually heard of Social-Emotional learning, and believe in the mental and emotional life of a child. Speaking of which, I think we had a strategy for this. Didn’t we make some Unstuck Cards? Do you have those? Last I saw they were on your clipboard.
CJ: They were but they’re not anymore. I don’t know where they are.
Mom: Well do you want to make some more?
CJ’S UN Stuk cards
10 deep breths
C + ? = C? ? comade (comedy)
2 min of mindfulnis
T (brief time out for both)
Snaglg aN aNamal (snuggle an animal)
freshari (fresh air)
CJ: [Gasps] Thank you Mommy!!