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Helping Kids Avoid Negative Self Talk
“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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