Children who practise optimistic thinking will become more confident and resilient, and will be much better prepared for dealing with life’s challenges.
Be a good role model
Children learn from their parents, so it is important that you role model an optimistic attitude for your child to follow. Try to encourage positivity, gratefulness and motivation in your daily life, in order for your child to develop a ‘can-do’ attitude.
Practice a growth mindset
Help your child to develop a ‘growth mindset’ and teach them the meaning of resilience. A growth mindset is a personal skill that can support your child through challenges and setbacks. Children with a growth mindset believe that their abilities will improve over time. This encourages them to keep trying and to use mistakes as learning opportunities.
Give your child more responsibility
To help your child develop an optimistic attitude, you will need to give them more responsibility. Entrusting your child to complete tasks alone will help to make them to feel more confident. Ask your child to help with some simple jobs around the house, such as tidying up, or feeding a pet. This will increase their feelings of competency.
Teach your child about gratitude
Practise daily gratitude with your child, by helping them to look for all the positives in their life. Gratitude is such an effective technique for improving mental health and maintaining an optimistic attitude. A simple way to practise gratitude is by thinking of three things you are thankful for each day.
Talk to your child about their hopes and dreams, and always encourage their passions. Discuss what steps they will need to take in order to reach their goals and reassure your child that you will be there supporting them, every step of the way!