Recently I had the most wonderful experience of coloring with a lovely 3-year-old girl named Jaidyn on an extended family vacation to the shore. She was armed with a lovely set of Crayola Twistables that I also carry in my drawing toolbox. As we colored and scribbled, we chatted about the yuckiness of boo-boos and the deliciousness of milk. About every 5 minutes, she awarded my sketchbook with a sticker. As you can see, I was rewarded with many stickers....which definitely felt great.
Jaidyn's approach was one of play....non-judgmental and honest. Naive. It put things into perspective for me...at least for a short while.
Give more stickers. Receive more stickers. And dip some Oreos while you're at it.