When we first become parents, we are overcome with a powerful urge to protect and nurture. However, we can’t keep our precious children sheltered under our wings forever.
Soon enough they will need to stand on their own two feet and I have hopes that they will be standing on a cloud of positivity. How can we prepare them for this transition?
Helping our children choose positivity in as many circumstances as possible is a great first step to boost their confidence and help them cope with all the crazy life will throw in their face.
I believe that it often begins with the mind and how we are trained to think in different situations.
When kids learn how to think positively from a young age, they just might have a greater chance of leading happier, healthier lives as adults.
How can we teach our kids positivity? Here are a few ways I think can help!
· Be a role model. Practice positive thoughts daily and let this set the tone in your home.
· Let them fail. Share not only your successes with your children but also failures. Focus on the good so that they learn to focus on the good, but recognize the bad, how it is ok to see it and feel it but then also ok to pick up and look forward to something better. They may learn to take a positive stance themselves, despite hardship.
· Create an uplifting environment. Surround your kids with positive people and influences that can uplift and motivate your children to succeed. If someone in their life does not emit that same thinking and you cannot remove them from their life, teach them how to battle within themselves that negativity in an uplifting manner.
· Impart family values and morals at home. Help your children adopt kindness, respect and forgiveness as a way of life. Kindly help them find a new way to think or approach a situation in which they may not have been thinking positively, respectful or kind.
· Share positive experiences. Make a point of sharing the highlights of your day as a family every night. This is a great way to develop a mindset of gratitude at home!
· Help your kids deal with their emotions. When we are overcome with emotion, it is often a good idea to simply breathe, calm down and respond when we feel level-headed. Choosing to respond out of kindness and positivity can impact how your child deals with difficult people and situations. Show them empathy and try to remember what it felt like to be that age, that they are people with real feelings that they may not understand.
· Laugh more. Laughter is medicine to the soul and can help to change a negative experience into a fun, light-hearted and encouraging atmosphere.
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