With our city closed down due to an ice storm today, we had a nice family day spent indoors. Lots of hot chocolate, fires roasting and cuddling time with my sweet little girl and my husband. It gave me a chance to not be in a rush to run some sort of errand and really focus on playing with my daughter (and getting some much needed housework done.)
But I think since my little one is really moving and rolling around more, she is a lot more active and was getting cabin fever, aka getting fussy. I was beginning to use some of my play therapy limit setting techniques as practice, such as "that is not for eating," and "we sit down when we eat" and it reminded me about starting to use the whole 'Positive' approach to discipline, relationships and life.
What is the 'Positive' approach? Basically, it means noticing the positives and commenting on them when you see them. Sounds easy enough right? But in reality, most of us don't use it. It's a technique that a lot of therapists use and it's also mentioned in my favorite book, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk.
(photo credited from http://waynemates.com)