We all need a sense of belonging

By Carol Dores

Those of you who know me may be surprised to hear that I am uncomfortable walking in to most social situations.  I’m sure it goes back to when I was a little girl, as most things do.  Many questions and thoughts run through my mind. Will I find things to talk about?  Do they want me to join them?   Do I belong? Am I good enough?

I will be in Indiana for ten days doing Positive Discipline related things.  Three days of “Think Tank” where we deepen our knowledge, with Positive Discipline people from all over the world.  The national Positive Discipline Conference, where I am doing a session on “Managing the Stress of Parenting Using Positive Discipline Tools”.  Then, five days of Adlerian summer school, where I will be taking classes and listening to speakers, again with people from all over the world.

As I prepare for this trip, my stomach does flips, thinking about all of the times I will be walking in to new situations.  And, I remind myself that every time I am with Positive Discipline people, I feel like I am where I belong.  The encouragement, support and joy is incredible.

I am so lucky to be doing this work, and to have found “my people”.  We all need a sense of belonging, no matter how young or old we are.


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