In retrospect, it was mind blowing how much we learned. I hadn't realized this until the last session when our children used the new skills to solve their real challenges. In the first session even admitting that they had challenges was a big deal so this tells you how far they had come.
Many of the skills are applicable in multiple scenarios:
- I used one technique at work today.
- Another gal remarked that the communication technique would be valuable in dealing with her own mother, several states away.
At the close of the younger session, the second and third graders surprised our facilitator with a t-shirt they created and signed that said, "We love you, Julia!" Julia was visibly touched and told them that she'd be wearing it a lot. And I didn't even come up with this idea!
You know how you have those days when you question your ability to parent, when you wonder what the hell you got yourself into by bearing these little people? Bringing this program to our community was one of those things that I am patting myself on the back for. I done good!
One more tidbit: although my kids are now graduates, I'm bringing the program back here in October. The more girls who learn these skills, the less painful their upbringing will be for us all. Please leave a comment with your email address if you'd like to be on the list to receive more information when the dates are firm.
More on GLI in coming posts!