As parents we always hear how important positive reinforcement is when disciplining your child. Instead of just punishing your toddler for wacking the dog, praise her when you catch her petting the puppy nicely. I’m sure you have all heard this over and over again.
Well, recently, I’ve discovered that this works for me as well. I tend to beat myself up over every mistake I make as a parent and think “Alright now I’ve gone and screwed her up for good.”
Last week I started trying this positive reinforcement thing out on myself. I have been ending every day with thinking of three things I did RIGHT that day concerning Eva. It has seriously made a huge difference in my interactions with her. Not only do I feel better about myself and my ability to raise a little human being but throughout the day I think about how I am going to have to answer to myself and I make better choices because of it.
Positive reinforcement has made me a better mom.
This picture is from our Duck feeding session this week. Did you know that you can feed hard boiled eggs to ducks? According to my duck-friendly sister it is better for them than bread.
Also, did you know that peeling hard boiled eggs is a great fine motor activity for toddlers? I discovered that one for myself. Now, if I could just figure out how to get her to eat one.
I hope you are all enjoying your Spring as much as we are!