The Power of Positivity

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Making the effort to keep a positive attitude is a key element to creating happiness in our lives.  Gaining an understanding of this concept is especially important for children.

For parents, caretakers, and so forth it is necessary to take the time to teach children this way of life and there are steps to take in order to achieve this.

How to create positive thinking in the household:

1.) Be a model.

“Positive Thinking: How to Foster in your Child” from aboutkidshealth.org explains that becoming a role model as a parent simply means that the more optimistic a parent is, the easier it is for the child to behave the same. About Kids Health says, “If your child feels anxious about the first day of school help them reframe their thoughts: ‘If you feel worried about starting a new school year, it is just going to make you feel worse. Why don’t we think about the positive things that can happen today at school?'”

2.) Acknowledge when something bad happens

Recognizing the negative is a stop on the road to positive thinking. For instance, About Kids Health provides an example of how acknowledging something negative can be reframed into something positive, “If your child is recovering from a broken bone, you acknowledge the pain: ‘It hurts and I understand it makes you feel upset.’ Then you reframe the situation, ‘If we dwell on the fact that your arm hurts, it is going to make us miserable. Why don’t we think of all of the cool things we can do with the cast?'”

When promoting the instillment of a positive attitude into your child’s mind,

About Kids Health suggests these key points for success:

*”Positive thinking is a mental attitude that perceives situations in a constructive way.”

*”Children as young as five are able to grasp the principles of positive thinking.”

*”Children get better at understanding positive thinking as they get older.”

*”When it is nurtured, positive thinking is a powerful coping tool and helps build resilience in a child.”

*”Parents can encourage positive thinking by modeling it in their own life. ”

*”Always acknowledge a negative situation or feeling. Help your child see it in a way that is positive and productive.”

For more information visit: http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/En/HealthAZ/FamilyandPeerRelations/life-skills/Pages/Positive-thinking-How-to-foster-in-your-child.aspx