"We need an appointment today. It is an emergency."
A mom requested on a call yesterday.
An emergency in parenting?
Are you surprised?
Every week I am called to attend to several such emergencies.
And honestly - I appreciate the fact that the parents recognize that something is going terribly wrong - and want to do something to set it right immediately.
It is much better than postponing getting help - to next week - next month and so on - like many others do.
All problems in parenting - at their core - are relationship problems.
With every moment that you postpone correcting that rift between yourself and your child - the gap becomes bigger - the wound in your hearts that started out as minor scratch - becomes a gaping wound - and it bleeds your relationship to death.
This results in children - not listening - not studying - getting into bad company - doing the wrong things - and so on.
And one day there is a HUGE problem in the house.
But like the parents yesterday - if you take action with urgency - you may see a miracle.
Like what happened yesterday -
I gave the parents an appointment at 4 PM.
We finished consulting at 5 PM
At 6:27 PM I received a message from the mom saying that they had implemented what we had discussed - and it was working wonders.
I had no words to say how grateful I felt to have had an opportunity to help these wonderful parents and their amazing child.
Of course I know there will be ups and downs again - like there are in every relationship
But their urgent action showed them that it is POSSIBLE to repair what seems irreparable at first.
So grateful for this opportunity to contribute meaningfully every day.
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