I have had to put on my silly game. My mission? Get a smile.
That is my new "thing." I forget to be silly. So, a great way to remember is this:
When things start getting off kilter, my job is to make my child smile.
I can't dive into a battle or stay engaged in the crazy if that is my goal. It helps me, too. It keeps me from being overly sarcastic with the therapeutic stuff. Keeps me from triggering them.
If my kid is getting down with the nonsense chatter, or bossy or putting stuff where it doesn't belong or (*insert one of the million behavior choices here*), I address it, but I have to, have to, have to, have to seek out a smile in the process.
No, I don't WANT to do it, but still - genius.
(photo is a perfect example of this approach - you could just SHOW your child this picture to startle them out of their crazy)