Some people are naturally quite Optimistic and take life with a glass half-full approach, whereas others need a bit of a push. Fortunately, being more optimistic is something that an individual can work towards if they have the right attitude and make a conscious effort to change. In doing so, it will be easier for them to embrace the positives in life and take on new challenges with confidence, rather than worrying about things and shying away from life’s many wonderous opportunities. Read on for some advice from a private school in Herts on how to raise an optimistic child.
Be a Good Role Model
If you want your child to behave in a certain way or adopt a particular mindset, you will need to model this behaviour yourself. If you tend to complain a lot and talk about things with a negative attitude, your child will think that’s an appropriate way to act. Instead, try your best to put a positive spin on things. For instance, if it’s raining and you have to cancel your plans to spend a day at the park, you can say something like “never mind, we’ll have a fantastic time playing games and watching movies indoors instead”.
Essentially if you want to raise an optimistic child, you need to try and find ways to put a positive spin on seemingly negative situations. Even if you’re reprimanding your child, you can do it in a positive way. For instance, if your child always leaves their homework to the last minute and then gets stressed, rather than telling them off for leaving it, say something like “I’ve noticed that when you start your homework earlier, you don’t feel as stressed out and you still have lots of time to relax after”.
Encouraging your child to be hopeful is a great way to plant the roots of an optimistic child. With that said, chat to your child about their ambitions; what do they hope to achieve in life, both short term and long term? Is there something they want or need? Remind them that they have your full support in helping them achieve these goals. As a result, they should look to the future with a positive attitude.
Praise Your Child’s Optimism
Try and challenge your child when they say something negative as a way of encouraging optimism, and when they do demonstrate optimism be sure to praise them. If they know that you’re going to compliment them and feel proud when they behave a certain way, they are sure to continue behaving that way until it’s just a natural element of their general attitude.
Find time each evening to ask your child what they are grateful for that day. It could be something as simple as someone sharing their snack with them at break time, or someone giving them a lift to school. The more they can appreciate the little things in life, the more optimistic they will be about their experiences and relationships. Alternatively, if they focus on the things they don’t have, they will become miserable and complain often.
As a parent, it can be a natural instinct to step in and protect our children so that they don’t make mistakes or get themselves in any kind of trouble. However, allowing them to take their own risks is a crucial aspect of their development because they will start to understand what they can and can’t do, thus helping them become more confident in their abilities. If they know what they are capable of and start to learn that nothing is as terrifying as it first seems, they will start to become more optimistic.
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