Optimism is an important mindset because it’s what allows us to move through life with confidence and enthusiasm. As a result, we are better able to cope with challenges, and more comfortable taking risks and trying new things. There are various things that parents can do to help their children become more optimistic, as explored below by a grammar school in Wirral.
Challenge Your Child’s Negativity
Children often say things like “I can’t do it…” and other negative statements. As a parent, it’s your job to challenge this pessimism by gently reminding them that they can do anything they put their mind to. Remind them of similar situations in which they felt they couldn’t do something but were able to complete the task in the end.
Encourage a Growth Mindset
Setbacks are inevitable in life; the trick is to learn from them and move forward in a positive way. So, if your child is upset about a bad grade on a test, let them know that there will always be another opportunity for them to try again, and next time they will know which areas to work on. Tell them that you are proud of them for trying their best, as this will help them focus on the effort, they put in rather than the end result.
Ask your child each evening to share some of the things they’re grateful for, like their friend sharing a snack at breaktime or someone helping them with their homework. Practising gratitude everyday will help your child look at all the positives in their life, rather than dwelling on the negatives. As a result, they will likely be more optimistic.
If your child hears you complaining about things like your job, household chores or bills, they will start to fear the future rather than feel excited for it. Say things like “These bills are annoying but at least we have electricity and running water”. Statements like these will also remind your child how fortunate they are, as not everyone is lucky enough to have a roof over their head with lighting and heating.
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