Our "Team Jake" is the family we've made out here on the East Coast. It's made up of doctors, coaches, former teachers, police officers, our training team and friends. We text and visit occasionally, and I try not to ask for much.
I called in the troops to reinforce Jake for some mature and controlled behavior. Jake had a rough night and was very upset at bed time because he left his iPhone in our car which was overnight at the repair shop. He didn't get physically threatening, didn't break anything, or aggress towards me at all. This is a new change and a very welcomed one as stress and puberty change his personality every minute.
So this morning, I sent out an email to "Team Jake" and asked if they had time to send Jake a text of reinforcement for controlling himself in a very upsetting situation. I was thinking maybe one or two folks would actually have time to complete the request, so I'd be thrilled with that.
TWELVE of our Team Jake members sent him a text. So when he looked at his phone after school, it was filled with encouragement and congratulatory texts. This is how to guarantee repeating a desired behavior. Don't ever be afraid to ask!
So thank you to all of team Jake: Julie, Annette, Laura, Laurie, Betsy, Andrea, Janelle, Shelly, Mike, Matt, Peter and Tara, for being our East Coast Family! We could never raise a Super Hero on our own.
Stay Miracle Minded friends. Always acknowledge the blessings.