With so many personal and worldwide problems to solve, it can be difficult to maintain an optimistic attitude. However, optimism is an important mindset to possess, as it helps us overcome challenges, take risks and try new things, essentially moving forward through life in a positive way. With that said, it’s important for parents to try and instil a sense of optimism within their child. Here are some tips from a senior school in Surrey to get you started.
Contest Your Child’s Pessimism
Pay attention to your child’s outlook on things. Do they seem to be a glass half full or half empty type of person? Challenge their pessimistic comments by gently letting them know that they are wrong. For instance, they might say something like “Nothing ever seems to go my way!”, to which you can remind them of times when things have gone their way.
Encourage a Growth Mindset and Positive Attitude
When your child faces some sort of setback, remind them that you are proud of them anyway. If they fail an exam, for example, praise them for trying their best and teach them how to learn from their mistakes and move forward in a positive way. If they spill a drink, thank them for helping your clean it up and remind them that accidents happen to everyone. Essentially, the trick is to focus on their efforts, as opposed to the end results, which will help them avoid a victim mentality. Setbacks are always temporary and within one’s power to fix.
Be a Good Role Model
Be a good influence on your child by modelling optimism yourself. Shield them from any worries you may have by disguising them as something you’re feeling good about. You may have an important presentation you’re working on for work, which you can talk about in a positive manner by saying things like “I’m sure my presentation will go well, as I have prepared and will try my best”. Avoid negative self-talk and practise gratitude as often as possible.
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