Friday, March 12, 2010

The Wisdom of a Child

Each week as we have been introducing a new Positive Discipline Tool Card, I have been taping the cards to the refrigerator.

A couple days ago my son was having a bit of a meltdown about something. I was doing my usual thing of trying to talk him out of his feelings. Then my daughter walked over and tapped me on the shoulder. Without saying a word she pointed to the "Validate Feelings" tool card on the refrigerator. That was exactly the reminder I needed. I stopped trying to talk Gibson out of his feelings and that seemed to diffuse the situation. Then Emma asked Gibson if he would like a hug. :-)

Sometimes it takes the wisdom of a child to give us perspective. That is why I am so glad that I have been involving my children in the process. We are learning and growing together.


Karen said...

Wow - that is SO fantastic!

I usually put the card of the week on our whiteboard but I think I may put each week's card up too.

I'm so happy you're sharing your experiences.

Single Dad Brad said...

Hi Karen,

It really is amazing how my kids have embraced this process. I have to admit that I have been pleasantly surprised. :-)

Anonymous said...

That's very powerful. Thanks for sharing :-) I'm inspired to also post our cards - sounds like a great topic for family meeting tonight.