If your child can see the glass as half full, rather than half empty, they will be better at overcoming life’s obstacles and will be likely to live a happier, more fulfilling life. So, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help your child become more optimistic. Read on for some tips from a private school in Surrey.
Refrain from Complaining
If your child hears you complaining on a regular basis, they will likely suffer with the same negative thoughts. Avoid saying things like “we’ll never get there in time” or “I’m sick of these bills, I’ll never have any money”. Instead, try and focus on the good things in life by sharing positive experiences and thoughts. For instance, you could say “I had to do a presentation at work today and it went really well” or “I met a really sweet woman at the shop today”.
Another way to help your child focus on the good in life is to practise gratitude together. At the end of each day, ask them to share something that they’re grateful for. Perhaps one of their friends shared a snack with them at break or maybe one of their teachers spent a little extra time helping them understand something in class. The trick is to get your child to think about how fortunate they are, but not just in a material sense.
Encourage Your Child to Set Goals
Help your child develop an optimistic, “can-do” attitude by encouraging them to be ambitious and set both short- and long-term goals. This could be something like working their way through a reading list during the school break or receiving a particular grade at school. As your child achieves these goals, they will slowly start to feel more confident in their abilities and optimistic about their future accomplishments.