Parents’ Corner: Attitude

What does it mean to have a positive attitude?

A positive attitude is a way of thinking and feeling that focuses on the bright side of things, staying hopeful and open to solutions in life’s challenges.

Why is it important?

It’s important for children to have a positive attitude for several reasons:

Resilience: A positive attitude helps children bounce back from setbacks and adversity. They are more likely to see challenges as opportunities to learn and grow, which can build their resilience.

Optimism: Positivity fosters optimism, which can lead to a happier and more fulfilling life. Optimistic children tend to have better mental health and are less prone to depression and anxiety.

Problem-Solving: A positive attitude encourages a proactive approach to problem-solving. Children with a positive outlook are more likely to seek solutions rather than dwell on problems.

Social Skills: Positive children often have better social skills. They can form stronger friendships, resolve conflicts more effectively, and contribute positively to group activities.

Academic Success: A positive attitude can improve a child’s attitude towards learning. They may be more motivated to try new things, engage in class, and persevere through academic challenges.

Emotional Well-being: A positive attitude contributes to emotional well-being. Children are less likely to feel stressed or overwhelmed when they maintain a hopeful and constructive mindset.

Fun ways to encourage positive attitude at home:

Here are some creative activities and practices for you to do with your child(ren) at home. Pick what suits you best and make it a ritual for your family!

Gratitude Journal: Have a family gratitude journal where each member writes down something they’re grateful for every day. Share these entries during mealtime or before bedtime.

Positive Affirmations: Create positive affirmations together and repeat them daily. You can even turn them into catchy songs or rhymes to make it more fun.

Artistic Expression: Encourage your child to express their emotions and thoughts through art, whether it’s drawing, painting, or crafting. Art can be a wonderful outlet for positivity.

Storytelling: Share inspiring stories or books that emphasize positive values, resilience, and optimism. Discuss the lessons learned from these stories.

Random Acts of Kindness: Engage in random acts of kindness together, such as making cards for neighbours, donating toys, or baking treats for a local charity. Talk about the joy of giving.

Positive Role Models: Introduce your child to positive role models in books, movies, or real life. Discuss the qualities that make these individuals inspiring.

Family Fun Days: Plan special family days where you focus on having fun and bonding. These positive experiences create lasting memories. Spend time outdoors, exploring nature, hiking, or playing sports. Being in nature can boost moods and encourage positivity.

Remember that children learn by example, so demonstrating a positive attitude yourself is one of the most effective ways to teach them. Make these activities a regular part of your family routine, and you’ll not only promote positivity but also strengthen your family bonds.

Thought-provoking questions to initiate a conversation

Asking questions that provoke imaginative and creative thinking is an effective way to invite children to express their ideas and share their thoughts, while showing them that their ideas are important.

– “What made you feel really happy and positive today?”

– “Can you tell me about a time when you faced a challenge and stayed positive? How did you do it?”

– “Who are some people you admire because they have a positive attitude? What do you like about them?”

– “What are some things you’re grateful for in your life right now?”

Recommended reads for parents & children

“The Power of Positive Parenting: Transforming the Lives of Children” by Dr. Glenn Latham and Sidney W. Bijou
This book offers practical advice for parents on using positive reinforcement and communication to create a more positive and harmonious family environment.

“The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind” by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
While not solely about positive attitude, this book provides valuable insights into understanding and nurturing a child’s emotional well-being.

For Children:
“The Energy Bus for Kids: A Story about Staying Positive and Overcoming Challenges” by Jon Gordon and Korey Scott
This children’s book teaches kids about the power of a positive attitude and how to handle challenges with optimism and resilience.

“Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids” by Carol McCloud
This book uses the metaphor of a “bucket” to teach children about the importance of kindness and positivity in their interactions with others.

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