A question I get asked a lot is how I came up with Breakthrough (Vlinder). Was it something I played as a child or did I discover it while I was overseas? No…the answer is it is a compilation of a number of things over my career. One thing I like about social service is I am in an element that is easy to learn from others. That is what inspired me to create Breakthrough. Picking and choosing the best pieces was the easy part of creating Breakthrough.

My background is in Sociology. I believe in the concept that characteristics are developed and maintained within a society or social group rather than existing inherently. That thought should empower you to affect change in your child. This is the first lesson in Breakthrough. Change is inevitable because your world is ever-changing. You can impact what it looks like.

In the late 90’s, when I worked first in prison and then with at-risk youth teaching life skills, I took lessons in team building, communication, stress and anger management, motivation and value recognition. You will find each of them interwoven in the game.

In 2006 when I first started having children, I began to realize that there is a difference utilizing a program in theory vs. in practicum. I realize that sounds silly since my child was just a baby, but I realized that some of the expectations that I had for others, no longer applied to myself. The lessons themselves were still valid, but the application seemed unrealistic. It was like giving someone the tools without the instruction booklet.

I got another job working with youth and learned the importance of teaching expectations and most important recognizing growth. It wasn’t the first time that I appreciated this practice. It was, however the first time I had seen it on such a large scale without the use of another “parenting style”.

At this point I had three children. I made a point not to bring my work home. I didn’t for a number of years, until that fateful day that my own children’s behavior put me over the edge, and I realized that I wasn’t utilizing my skills at home. That “aha” moment was the biggest lesson that my children have given me.

I was reminded of the inspiration I had early in my career and how unattainable it felt after having children of my own. Now that my children were of an age when they needed direction, I had a chance to make a change.

Originally there were no chapters to read, no questionnaires to fill out, no exercises to complete. Breakthrough was an experience for the whole family to benefit from. The beauty of it is that you can personalize it so that it is already part of your routine!

Thanks for the questions. You can email me questions at Jenn@breakthroughbuzz.com or go to the comment section. I always look for your thoughts! For those of you that are just joining us, welcome. There is more at www.breakthroughparenting.rocks.