Well we had major meltdowns at home, but it was so worth it! I got to spend some time with other RAD moms!! (Christine at Welcome to my Brain, N and C at Rancho Chico, and Jeri at With Love From Sumi).
I got there super early (I was worried about getting stuck in rush hour traffic), but I got some studying done so that worked out. Christine and N and C had met before and had some things in common (younger kids and homeschooling) so I felt the tiniest big left out (but not because they weren't warm and welcoming and totally willing to talk about my stuff too).
I loved getting to meet Christine. She is just as warm and funny in real life as she is on her blog. I got to travel with N to a seminar so it was fun catching up with her. C had stayed home from that seminar so I had just kind of waved at her in the van, but we didn't get to really meet then. She's a pretty interesting person, but very quiet. She was on the other side of N from me so I didn't get to talk to her as much as I would have liked. That was too bad because it sounds like we had a lot in common.
I traveled to a seminar with Jeri too so it was good seeing her again. She ended up the farthest from me so I didn't get to do much talking with her. Another reason to do this again with a little more time to hang out. We greatly mised all of those who weren't able to make it.
We talked about a lot. Two of the ideas we talked about was Bingo and Badges. Behavior Bingo is something I heard about from somewhere on the web. As a way to cope with her children's behaviors, this mom started pretending that whenever her child did something annoying (like pitch a fit, or paint with poo, or call her a $%#*... she would sometimes act really excited like she'd gotten to put a marker on her imaginary bingo board. She didn't tell her kids what she was doing or why. Every now and then she would yell out Bingo! She usually thanked the child for the behavior (again without telling the child why), and rewarded herself in some way (got an ice cream or a margarita or whatever). She said it made her feel better, and confused the heck out of the child(ren).
Badges - we decided we should get to earn badges for the behaviors we survive. There was much giggling about what the m*sturbati*n badge would look like, the painting with poo badge, the black eye badge (poor Jeri gets this), the first time a RAD child showed genuine healing (which for me would be when Kitty asked me how I was feeling and really cared about the answer!)....
So what badges have you earned? How would you want to display them? Would you want them on a sash or vest? Would you put them on your blog?