Y’all. I channeled my inner Jedi tonight. Don’t worry, I wont get all geeky on you-but I do want to share. So the other day I read this article, well really I just skimmed the firt couple of paragraphs, skipped ot the end and shrugged my shoulders. After all, I have a three year old which has converted my attention span to that of, well, a three year old. Anywho, so I saw the title of this article and I thought I’d give it a go tonight.
See the boy was having a hard night. And to be fair, it was a big day. He had his first Taekwondo lesson today, and he had been nervous. We had one sort of blow out before we left, but he pulled it all back together and all was well. He did stellar in the class and came out beaming. But for a kid with RAD or anxiety, that pent up nervousness doesn’t just dissipate right away. It lingers like a bad dream.
So tonight it came out in full force. And I mean Full. Force. And not the good kind. So we ended up with an early bedtime and when I wen tin to debrief with him, I decided to pull from the Jedi article. (I would do the nice writer thing here and leave a link to the article, but I can’t ind it and when I tried to search for it, a bagillion pages came up. Apparently Jedi parenting is a thing. Like a legit thing.) I got down on my knees to talk with him, face to face and I brought up Star Wars, which grabbed his full attention like Chewbacca was in the room. We talked about how he can be a Jedi, that his feelings like anger and fear and anxiety, these all come from the dark side, and we all know who the dark side is. A Jedi, well he does give the dark side control. A Jedi notices that it’s there, he senses it, acknowledges it, then he pulls out his green Yoda light saber and kicks the crap out of it. Sometimes a Jedi doesn’t win. Sometimes he loses a battle, but even if he does, every time he gets stronger. Better. More able to tackle the dark side next time it creeps around.
The cool thing is that we work with Zones of Regulation to help him personally assess his emotions and how he’s feeling. His goal
is to be green. Yoda is green. His light saber is green. Y’all. Star Wars was written to help parents teach their kids self-regulation!! Okay maybe it was written for what’s-his-face to make a bucket-load of money, but whatever, I’ll take any help I can get. #JediParentsUnite