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That Feeling When You

Updated: Sep 14


My son is still solidly in the motivated by stickers phase of his childhood. Getting a sticker is why he behaves in speech therapy. Getting a sticker has the power to get him to sit calmly for his flu shot. But why? Maybe it's the ability to choose his sticker. When you're his age, you don't always get to make choices for yourself. When you do, it feels great. Maybe it's because he can use them to change his world. Sticker's are one of the most common means of control he can exercise over his environment. Maybe it's about ownership. He's always trying to change something so that it is clearly his. Stickers are a great way to do that. Who knows why, but for now a small piece of colorful paper with an adhesive back is one of the greatest joys in his life. I'm sure I'll be scraping them off the walls for at least a few more years.


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