Once an RDI parent, always an RDI parent!
The one big pain of going away for a few days is the unpacking that is involved upon arrival at our accommodation. Maybe it is just me!
Of course, I planned an RDI engagement around putting all the foodstuffs away.
We had two large boxes to unpack. First up, I set up a pattern where Nick passed me an item and I placed it into the fridge. When he was comfortable with that, I changed our roles. I passed Nick an item and he placed it into the fridge. From there, we took on the roles of doing the same thing at the same time. We both took items out of the box and placed them into the cupboard. The box was full of goodies and Nick started getting a little anxious, therefore I changed our roles again… Nick passed me the items and I placed them in the cupboard.
What I am trying to spotlight here is the importance of setting up a pattern and then adding variation. I am introducing Nick to different roles and encouraging flexibility with change. I am also being very mindful about his edge+1. If I feel that he is becoming anxious, I will go back to a pattern where I know he feels competent. I then end the engagement on that positive note.
Have a fabulous weekend. I am not sure how ours is going to pan out, as it’s a wee bit wet!