When asked what he was most grateful for, my five year old son responded, \”I\’m grateful for my goggles, but I\’m not grateful for my lost skeleton costume!\”
As funny as this was, there is an important lesson embedded within. When asked to focus on what was good in his life, my son gave a positive response at first but his mind immediately then fell into the rut of remembering what was most sad in his life…his lost Halloween costume!
Parents are anxiously and excitedly anticipating the return of their teen from treatment . They have hopes and dreams for how their child\’s life will unfold afterwards. Anxiety, yes. But hope too.
Fulfillment of the hopes of families is what our work is all about. Helping the gains made in treatment not become \”lost\” in the transition to the real world is not only the difference between success and failure, but also the difference between gratitude and regret. Parents and teens are thankful for the good things they learn from programs, but if they loose those gains, their gratitude for the program is diminished if not lost altogether.
Call my assistant Dawnie, If you have teens leaving treatment and you want to help them maintain their gains and their gratitude for all that they have accomplished while in your care.
To Family Success and Happiness!
Tim Thayne, Ph.D.
P.S. For a Christmas gift this year we are giving away thousands of dollars worth scholarships to families we serve in the months of December and January. Just mention that you saw this post and would like your client to receive a scholarship for aftercare services and we\’ll award them a scholarship in your name.