By Catherine Griffin
As parents, we want the very best for our little ones – top-notch education, robust health true happiness, a bright future, and whatnot. Of more significance, however, is that we want them to have a strong sense of positivity and optimism about life. After all, life is no bed of roses – it can throw at us so much.
Many studies have shown that positivity can do wonders for our kids; it can help them power through challenges, make better decisions, and a plethora of other lifelong benefits. Which begs the question: how can one raise an optimistic kid?
#1. Become Optimist Role Models to Our Children
The chances are that your kids emulate your attitudes, whether you are pessimist or optimist. In fact, a study conducted by Loyola University revealed that children with pessimist parents are more likely to end up pessimist themselves. As you already know, no achievement can be realized without hope, optimism. So, learn to model positivity for your kids. Choose to view everything from an optimist perspective.
#2. Deal with Pessimism Head on
Teach your kid to confront negativity at a tender age. Don’t let him get caught up in negative thoughts. In fact, do not be afraid to point out cynicism whenever you hear it from your child. You can also let your child help you beat pessimism yourself.
The bottom line is to discourage pessimism by becoming more aware of cynicism around us. Teach your children to identify, understand, and turn down cynicism and welcome positive thoughts.
#3. Learn to Listen to Your Kid’s Problems
Listen carefully to what your child is going through, paying attention to particular words she uses. Make sure they are realistic. If she uses negative statements to describe herself, use counterexamples to reinforce positivity. More importantly, be there for your child – to comfort her at low times.
#4. Teach the Importance of Patience
Patience is vital to staying positive. Teach and show your child how to remain patient in the face of adversity. As a parent, the best technique to instill patience in your child is to use purposeful delays. That is, your child must learn to wait to get something she wants.
#5. Let Your Kid Take Risks
Kids learn to handle challenges and earn confidence by experiencing competence and showing their abilities. The feeling of achievement and a sense of power over the environment can be quite reassuring. In turn, confidence can help your child to become more positive in life and beat insecurities.