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How to Raise an Optimistic Child*




We all feel down sometimes and there’s nothing wrong with that, but parents need to look for ways to tackle negative attitudes amongst their family members, so it doesn’t become normal. There are lots of things you can do to tackle your child’s downbeat mindset and encourage them to become more optimistic. Read on for some advice from a private school in Essex.

Set Achievable Goals

Try and help your child set some short- and long-term goals, but make sure they are achievable. If your child constantly feels like they are failing to accomplish certain things, they will struggle to feel confident and positive about their abilities. So, start with some small tasks and give your child plenty of praise when they complete them successfully. This will help them feel more optimistic about future goals going forward.

Encourage New Experiences

It’s a good idea to encourage your child to try new things and meet new people on a regular basis. This will give them something to look forward to and will also help them with their self-esteem. They will start to learn that new experiences aren’t something they should worry about, but something they should be excited for.

Challenge Negativity

There will be times when your child isn’t feeling too great about themselves or certain situations. If they say something negative, try and combat them with positive affirmations. For instance, they might grumble about their homework and say that they’re not smart enough to complete it, to which you should remind them of some other times that they have found their homework challenging but managed to overcome it. Remind them of how clever and hardworking they are so that they feel more positive about giving it their best shot.

Avoid Complaining

Perhaps you’ve got a job interview coming up or an expensive bill you wish you didn’t have to pay. Try not to complain about these types of things in front of your child, as your negative approach will rub off on your child. Instead, try and put a positive spin on things. For instance, you could say “I’m sure the interview will go well as I’ve done lots of preparation” or “This bill is very expensive, but we are so lucky we have lighting and heating because lots of people aren’t as fortunate”.


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