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Optimism is a valuable mindset that will help your child expect positive outcomes from their actions, therefore encouraging them to try new things, take risks and have confidence in their abilities. If you’re wondering how to help your youngster become more optimistic so that they are more equipped to deal with life’s obstacles, a co-curricular day and boarding school in London have put together the following tips.
Try and incorporate a positive atmosphere within your home as much as possible. Surround them with enjoyable experiences, even if it’s something simple like playing a board game or baking a cake. Show your child how wonderful life can be. If you’re stressed with work or another issue you’re dealing with, don’t let your child know. Of course, they need to know that challenges and setbacks are an inevitable part of life, but whilst they’re young it’s important to stress that all challenges can be overcome with the right mindset.
Take some time each day to have some one-to-one time with your child, in which you discuss how they’re feeling and if anything might be bothering them. Ask them open-ended questions to encourage them to open up. Teach them how to cope with any problems and let them know that no obstacle is too great for them to overcome with your support. Explain to them that there are positives and negatives in all situations and help them see the positives by putting things into perspective.
Allow your youngster to experience success and achieve their goals on a regular basis so that they feel confident in their abilities and develop independence. You can do so by setting them simple tasks each day that are easy to complete. This could be related to their education or something like setting the table or taking the dog for a walk if they are old enough. Praise them for their efforts and let them know how well they have done and how proud you are. If they do happen to fail at a task, don’t punish or reprimand them as they will be reluctant to try again.
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