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Problems are easier to solve when a child can think positively about them.

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  • Children learn to have a positive outlook from positive adults. 
  • Being positive is contagious.
  • Every child’s temperament is unique.  Some children need help looking at things positively. Visit child temperament for more information.
  • A sense of humour is important in developing positive thinking.
  • Optimism helps a child develop a sense of hope.
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Here’s how you can help your child develop a positive outlook:

  • Show your child optimistic ways to think about situations and experiences.  Look for positives in negative situations.
  • Acknowledge the positive things you see in your child such as when they are in a happy mood “I love hearing you laugh” or “you have a great smile”.
  • Speak positively about the future.
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quiz icon Quiz

Your child doesn’t get invited to a birthday party and says that nobody likes him.  The best response would be?

a) You have to be nicer to people.
b) Maybe he was only able to invite a couple of friends.
c) I know you must be disappointed and that’s okay. Lots of people like you. Remember when you were invited to Jimmy’s birthday?

 The best answer is ‘C’. Help your child see other positives in their life.
  • Discussing with your child how to make friends, or giving your child possible reasons why people might not be invited is also beneficial.
  • Give your child time and support to let go of feelings of disappointment.
  • Identify something your child can do to enjoy the rest of the day.
 The best answer is ‘C’. Help your child see other positives in their life.
  • Discussing with your child how to make friends, or giving your child possible reasons why people might not be invited is also beneficial.
  • Give your child time and support to let go of feelings of disappointment.
  • Identify something your child can do to enjoy the rest of the day.

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Activities

  • Positive Frames:
    Make a, ‘What I’m thankful for’ list or picture.  If your child is having difficulty, help them identify things such as: their pet, apples, home, Grandma, etc.
  • Talk to your child about a situation they are experiencing. Help them develop positive thinking. For example, a friend breaks their arm.  “What is something nice we can do?”  Sign the cast, make a card…
  • Read hero tales e.g. ‘The Little Engine that Could’.
  • Help your child develop perspective.
    Reassure them that most problems don’t last forever.
    Help them see that because one thing is bad doesn’t mean everything in their life is bad.