“I’ll never figure out this math problem.” “I suck at sports.” It hurts to hear children say such things!
How can we help kids avoid negative self talk and instead adopt a positive outlook? Mostly, by setting an example. Speak kindly to yourself, your child and others. Make it clear you don’t expect perfection. As a family, use phrases like, “This is hard, but I think I can figure it out,” and “I’ll always try my best.” If your child sees someone treat you rudely in traffic, say, “That person’s in a bad mood. Let’s not let that affect us!”
Remind your kids that mistakes and challenges are a part of learning and growing. A positive attitude requires daily practice!
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