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.