3 “MUSTS” for Raising Positive Kids
In todays environment it is not the easiest thing to keep a positive attitude.
So we decided to come up with 3 ways that we can help our kids become stronger and have a more positive attitude.
So let’s jump right into it!
1. Quit Complaining – The more you complain about how hard your day is or about money problems, the more your kids will. Remember they mimic our behavior so we need to lead by example when it comes to what we say. A good game you can play with your kids is called “Victories & Challenges” or “Roses & Thorns”. During dinner, each family member will tell everyone the worst part of their day and then the best part of the day. This allows your children to verbalize their pains from the day and then re-align their focus to what went right in their day.
2. Wait Before You React – When our kids come to us with a problem or tend to have trouble with a task, we often react instantly. This might be in the form of removing the problem for them or doing a majority of the task for them. This is teaching kids that they can simply tell someone else about their problem and it will get solved for them, causing them to say it’s too hard or I can’t do it more often. Instead wait and let your child try to solve it on their own first. This will help give them a sense of accomplishment and make them more optimistic about future challenges.
3. High Expectations – Give your child the responsibility of completing tasks. Something like a morning to-do list will actually help them to feel capable. Create a list of age-appropriate chores that they can do. Laminate it and put it up in their room so they can cross them off each day. Most kids complain about chores because they learned it from their parents so remember to be positive and use encouragement when it comes to completing these tasks. Don’t make it sound like something negative and do not use it as punishment. We want to keep the positivity flowing.
I hope that these tips really help you with how you can raise a positive thinking child. If you felt like the tips were beneficial and easy to implement please drop some love in the comments and share this with your friends.
See you next week!