Trying to raise a child with a positive outlook is extremely challenging, especially with images, bullying, and all the negativity thrown their way every single day. Here are a few things to get rid of , for both parents and kids, to make life a little more positive.
Pleasing people- When it comes right down to it, the only person we need to please is ourselves. Teaching kids at a young age that doing what makes them happy (as long as it does no harm) is whats most important.
Doubting yourself- Overcoming self doubt can be a tough road. Being a positive cheerleader in our children’s life can help. Their accomplishments are a big deal…celebrate them!
Negative thinking- Changing negative thinking can be a huge burden to overcome. Simple changes can make a huge difference. Physical activity, keeping a gratitude journal, and small acts of service can keep any child thinking better about themselves.
Fear of failure- Life is about accomplishments and failures. Guiding a child through a failure then going back and reevaluating that failure, showing that they grew from it, can demonstrate that failures are huge learning experiences. Sometimes the failure can even lead to better accomplishments in the end.
Criticizing yourself- With so many “perfect” ideals its easy to fall into the habit of self criticism. Teaching a child to shower themselves with kindness and positive affirmations can ward off negative self thinking.
Saying “yes” when you want to say “no”- Its okay to say no, especially if saying yes will bring complaints and negativity.
Procrastination- This issue can bring unneeded stress, anxiety, laziness, and feeling overwhelmed. Teaching a child proper time management and organizational skills can save many headaches.
Giving up these issues can be invaluable when it comes to a child’s (and parent’s) life. Chip away at each one and soon they will be a non issue!