Sunday, June 6, 2010
Positive Discipline Tool Card - Mistakes
See mistakes as opportunities for learning.
1) Respond with compassion and kindness to mistakes rather than with shame, blame or lecturing.
2) When appropriate, use curiosity questions to help your child “explore” the consequences of her mistakes.
3) During dinner time invite everyone to share a mistake they made during the day and what they learned from it.
I LOVE this Positive Discipline Tool Card. Not just for my kids...but for me! I make sooooo many mistakes, but now I can look at them as "opportunities for learning". I make mistakes as a parent. I make mistakes at work. God knows I make mistakes with women. I'm pretty sure I must be the smartest person in town by now.
And my kids will like this tool card as well. What a great perspective on mistakes. We are not encouraging mistakes, but we do celebrate them. Especially if the mistake is made while trying to improve. How many times do we discourage our children by getting angry when they make mistakes. Take a step back this week and observe your reactions when your children make a mistake. Let's all try to celebrate those mistakes as opportunities for learning!