Staying positive is never easy in a world where so much is happening. Science itself claims that people in general, and children in particular, are more likely to dwell on negative thoughts than positive ones. And being parents to such children is never easy as you have to bear the constant rounds of anger, sadness and self-doubt of your progenies. But then negative thoughts and emotions are not entirely bad as they help us see a different side of the world. Parents can teach their kids to accept negative thoughts and also encourage them to inculcate positive thinking for a better mindset.
Here are some activities to help your child develop a positive attitude –
1. Teach your child to help others
When people help others, it makes them feel good about themselves and also boosts their self-esteem. It can also develop positive feelings in your child and give them a reason to stay happier than before. By learning to help others, your child can experience the meaning of being positive in every situation which eventually can make them feel more optimistic. More so, helping others can make your child foster a sense of belonging and achieve inner peace, which is essential for a positive attitude.
2. Set goals for your child
Achieving goals makes us feel positive and happier. It also makes us feel more optimistic and stay more positive. That’s why parents should set goals for their children and ask them to achieve those so that a sense of positivity can come. The focus should be on letting your child experience the challenges, pain and travails of achieving goals. When someone fights of all the obstacles of the way and reach their targets, it is bound to make them feel a sense of overall positivity.
3. Share positive experiences with your child
Sharing positive experiences with your child can go a long way in helping them see through the fine things in life and develop an overall sense of positivity. Sharing funny jokes, watching the cartoon or some funny show together, reading favourite books together, releveling in live sports action etc. can help achieve the goal of shared positivity. When parents spend quality time with their children, it helps generate a sense of optimism and happiness among them. So, you can train your child to see the brighter side of life to mould their positive attitude.
4. Help your child use their strengths and skills
Children feel happier when they do their favourite tasks or accomplish results through their key skills. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to recognize the strengths and skills of your child and let them flourish with they catch their fancy. If your child is good at sports, let them play at the club level; if he/she fancies dance competition, give them the opportunity to excel in their favourite domain. By helping your child showcase their talent means you can help them to stay more positive over time and become happier than before.
5. Practicing positive affirmations
Practicing positive affirmations can help anyone boost their self-esteem and stay more positive in any given environment or situation. Positive affirmations are also a wonderful treatment of autism as they make people internalize positivity and remove negativity. Rather than saying positive affirmations aloud, it’s better for parents to bring them into daily use so that their children can benefit from their practical use rather than the theory itself. This can help a lot in reducing negative self-talk and boosting positive thinking. So, try this and develop a positive attitude in your child from the very start itself.