Becoming an Empowered Parent

Early intervention versus reactive services

Oct 06, 2023

What’s the difference between a proactive service vs reactive service - or a proactive parenting action vs a reactive parenting response? 

I have a love/hate relationship with the term ‘early intervention’.  I’m curious if any of you feel that way or if I am the only one?  

I used to berate myself that I didn’t start early enough.  

I would hear this term and think that meant 3 years old.  That was ‘early’.

In reality a lot of things are ‘early’ intervention.  New Hope is an early intervention - hoping to prevent bigger issues that can come in their teens.  Or it may be an early intervention hoping to be able to avoid residential treatment later on.  

When I look back, I realize that exactly when I started to learn how to be more of a therapeutic parent, was the exact right time.  

Any earlier and I probably wouldn’t have thought I needed it. Things wouldn’t have been serious enough.  

Any later…  well any later and it might have been too late.  That was just the way it needed to be fore me to dig in. 

I’m so glad I took action right away.  Sure, I used to say, “I wish I had learned this 5 years ago, or when he was younger", but in reality - it was the perfect timing.  It was the only timing.

So don’t stress or be too hard on yourself.  When the time is right to learn…. That’s when most of us get what we need to heal or help others to heal…   

Take in what you can, apply what you can, and just try to implement a little more each year.  You will be shocked and amazed at the things that happen!