Two weeks ago, I presented a webinar for my peeps: parents of intense kids. I know what it’s like to be caught up in the throes of everyday life while raising a child who is strong-willed, difficult-to-raise, defiant, negative, and/or call-it-whatever-you-want. You guys need help. My goal was to help you ease the confusion, exhaustion, and feeling of powerlessness that you feel every single day. Every. Single. Day.
The webinar went great. Or so I thought, as we streamed it live. It was soon after we signed off that we discovered that the screenshare technology did not operate correctly and when I thought I was showing a slide, viewers saw a black screen. I was upset and frustrated, and got to work, first figuring out what had happened and then educating myself about what to do next. Should I edit the slides back into the video replay of the webinar? Could I find someone to do it for me? Should I take the time to learn video editing in case it happened again? It felt overwhelming, and this was just the beginning of a big ol’ gaggle of glitches that just kept coming…for two weeks. One thing after another.
The details of the glitchy glitches don’t even matter. The only reason I’m writing about them is that my frustration, feelings of being alone and overwhelmed, and utter powerlessness when dealing with PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT LISTENING TO ME and PEOPLE WHO WERE STUPID vaulted me back to another time when I wanted to pull my hair out:
WHEN I WAS CAUGHT UP IN THE THROES OF EVERYDAY LIFE WHILE RAISING MY INTENSE, STRONG-WILLED, DEFIANT, NEGATIVE SON
OK, universe, I get it. I remember. My peeps feel this way EVERY SINGLE DAY. What a great reminder. I’m humbled by the way these lessons come to us. It makes me MORE committed to helping you. MORE committed to being of service. MORE committed to reaching every parent who is struggling. I’m doubling down.
P.S. What’s one thing you can do today to increase your self-care? Meditate for five minutes before driving home? Ask your partner for a foot rub? Skip the kids’ baths and take one yourself? What would work for you?