A positive attitude is a wonderful trait to have and is an important lesson to teach your children as they grow. Having a positive outlook is a great way to promote happiness and combat depression, especially in a world so focused on negativity. Being positive yourself is a good way to teach your children, but modeling is only part of the process. If you want to raise positive children, you have to actively teach them how to become positive people.
How do you raise positive kids in a negative world?
Below are a few easy ideas that will help you raise happier, more positive kids.
Six Ways to Raise Positive Kids
Instill a strong sense of humor.
Being able to laugh is a precious gift that cannot be bought. Teach your children to laugh more, especially in the moments that they feel they can’t. Having a strong sense of humor can brighten even the gloomiest of days. When things go wrong or when stress levels are high, find something to laugh about. Laughter will help to ease the pain and can quickly turn a bad mood around.
Teach children to see the bright side.
Like laughter, optimism is a powerful tool. Be sure to preach the old saying ‘everything happens for a reason’ and help them find the good in all the challenges that they face. There is a silver lining behind every cloud, we just have to open our minds to see it. Helping them see the positive side of a difficult situation will teach them to find the good in everything and everyone.
Consider the consequences.
When you feel like your world is falling apart, when you are faced with difficulty, or when you are simply down in the dumps consider the worst case scenario and teach your children to do the same but don’t dwell on it. Chances are, the ‘worst thing’ in your thoughts is far worse than the literal ‘worst thing’. Stay within the boundaries of reality and you will often find things are not as bad as they seem.
Illustrate the importance of sleep.
No one can truly be positive without sleep. Proper rest is vital to our physical health as well as our mental well-being. Teach your children to get enough rest and lead by example. Creating this habit early on in life will make a world of difference. Adequate sleep with affect your children’s moods and their ability to lead a positive and optimistic life.
Guide them toward gratitude.
Being thankful for the things that we have in life is an important part of being positive. Don’t wait for Thanksgiving, take the time to teach this skill to your children daily.
It can be difficult for kids to focus on those things that they currently have in their lives when they are constantly bombarded with the next best thing through retail, media, and social networks. Spend time pointing out all the blessings in your life and allow your children to share the things they are most thankful for. Doing this regularly helps teach children the value of things on more than just a monetary level.
When times are tough, things feel bleak, or you simply feel sad or overwhelmed, remember that nothing lasts forever. Remind your children that this moment shall pass, no matter how difficult it may seem. Teach your children this valuable lesson, along with the others above, and they will quickly realize that change is always around the corner.
These are not foolproof ideas that will guarantee a happier, more positive child. They will not instantly, change the way your child sees the world or behaves towards you. These tools may take many years to develop fully but they are worth teaching. By providing your child with the tools they need, as well as being a role model, you will help lead them down the path to positivity and encourage them to live a happier, more fulfilling life.
In a world where our children are surrounded by violence, hate, and negativity on a daily basis, there is no harm in teaching them to be more positive. A positive outlook is a simple tool that holds the potential to change the world.
How do you teach your children to be more positive?
What are some of the tools you use to invite positivity into your household?
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