This past week we have been working on the Crucial C’s:  connection, capable, count and courage.    I think this wonderful weekend is a testament to how impactful the Crucial C’s can be.

Kirk and I both struggle with making sure we take time to connect with our kids during the week.  It’s wake up, get ready for the day, work, dinner, homework, bed.  We both feel pressure (whether real or imagined) to be as productive as possible and slowing down long enough to connect with the kiddos is not part of the productivity formula.  Of course, the kids mean way more to us than being productive but we’ve been in productivity mode for so long, it’s hard to re-invent that part of ourselves…but we are working on it!

Anyhow, we have been working very hard to make sure to connect with the kids during the week and I think we have see some pretty immediate results.  For example, Rip, without any prompt from me, came into his room where I was just getting ready to start cleaning, and asked me what I was doing and would I like some company.  I told him I would love his company and that it would make cleaning so much more enjoyable.  Less than a minute later he volunteered to pitch in and help me clean his room!! He even said he liked to have his room look ‘handsome’ and was glad to help.  Wow!!  This is amazing as I don’t think he has ever volunteered to clean his room!

I’m not sure if I’m seeing any changes in Riley just yet.  She’s still a hit or miss on participating in anything other than play time.  She does randomly take her dishes to the kitchen and yesterday she did help me a little bit with emptying the dishwasher.  Oh, and she is starting to throw away her trash in the trash can (vs. leaving it on the floor).  So, yes, I am seeing some changes in Riley, but not as dramatic as Rip….and that just may have to do with her only being 2 and just starting to learn everything.  I think I need to pay a little more attention to her progress.

Ok, training updates: