Having a positive mindset in life is one of the most important qualities for a successful individual. While the world has taken a nosedive into the plunge pool of negativity, it is not at all easy for anyone to see everything with a positive outlook.
As a parent, you must understand that a negative attitude affects your child’s healthy development and acts as a giant wall that blocks your kid from learning, growing, and moving forward in life to accomplish their goals. However, negativity is a natural part of life, but you have the power to help your kid develop a positive attitude and there are plenty of ways to do it, which we have compiled in this blog. Read this blog further to learn about these ways.
Evaluate your attitude
Children learn a great deal from their parents and are influenced by them. If you remain positive in life, your kid will develop the same attitude. You may not be aware, but they watch your every move, word, action, feeling and emotion. They will slowly and gradually start following whatever you believe or think. Thus, make sure that you show them remaining positive towards everything that follows can be good. This will help your kid develop a positive attitude.
Let them know it is okay to express feelings
One of the most important ways to raise your child with a positive attitude in life is by setting them free to acknowledge their emotions and express their feelings. Be it happiness, sadness, shame, fear or any other emotion, tell them that it is absolutely normal to feel happy or sad at times. Once they learn to accept and express their feelings, there will be no room left for negativity. If you find that your kid is angry or unhappy, get to their level, make eye contact and ask them about their problem. This will make them feel more comfortable sharing their issues with you. Tell them that they should try to look for solutions instead of worrying about the problem. Your kid will soon learn to look at things with a positive mindset.
Shower your little one with love and affection
There is, however, a persistent myth that showering love on your child will spoil them. The opposite is true. Showering love on your child, or in other words, giving them plenty of attention by responding to their requests, is an excellent strategy to raise a confident child. Showing your love to your little munchkin by giving them a big loving squeeze boosts their self-esteem, improves communication and adds a sense of trust to your relationship. In addition to this, it reduces psychological problems in your child and makes them feel more positive towards life.
Don’t compare your child to others
There is an old saying that “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and it has been retweeted and pinned many times on social media platforms. But in a cruel twist of fate, many parents often do exactly the same and as a result, their kids develop negative attitudes towards everything. You as a parent need to understand that there will always be other kids who are smarter, more athletic, more obedient and more talented than yours. But if you compare your child with others, they may end up feeling bad about themselves and developing a negative attitude. Thus, always focus on encouraging and motivating your child to foster positivity in them.
Refrain from criticism
Always remember that criticising your child will not make them try hard to achieve their goal. In fact, it will only lead to a negative attitude in them. As a parent, it is your responsibility to help and support your kid when they are struggling with something and appreciate them for their efforts. If the goal is not attained, instead of ridiculing and criticising your child by saying “Tu rehne de” or “Tujhse ek kam bhi thik se nhi hota,” encourage them to try again even if they fail by “Ek bar fir se try kr, ho jaega.” Reminding them that all experiences are learning experiences gives them the confidence to try better next time.
Getting your kid to develop a positive attitude at a very young age empowers them to grow into happy, confident and optimistic individuals. And as parents, you must understand that positivity can be imbibed through motivation and support. We hope this blog will help you instil a positive attitude in your little one.