How to Raise an Optimistic Child*

*This is a collaborative post*


Being optimistic isn’t always easy. We all have down days and go through difficult periods in our lives, but generally it’s good to try and be optimistic and keep a positive mind. A cheerful disposition will help you stay happy and feel fulfilled throughout your life. Being optimistic allows us to take risks and overcome challenges. Parents should try and encourage their children to be more optimistic, using the following advice from a senior school in Hertfordshire.

Provide your child with a positive and uplifting home environment, so that they find it easier to develop an optimistic attitude. Try and shield them from any of your own stress and focus on the good things in life and what you’re looking forward to. Mealtimes are a great opportunity to go around the table and share something you’re grateful for or something you’re excited about. 

You should also help your child find ways to make their own fun and entertainment. As they grow up, if they learn to rely on other people (or their phones and other inanimate objects) for enjoyment rather than on themselves, they will struggle to feel fulfilled. Listen to their thoughts and opinions and make sure they feel valued as an individual. Confidence and optimism go hand in hand, so finding ways to boost your child’s self-esteem (without overdoing it) is crucial.

When it comes to your child’s schoolwork, focus on the effort that goes in rather than the end result. If you are harsh about a poor grade, your child will be more anxious and less optimistic when it comes to the next exam or piece of homework. Instead, let them know that you are proud of them for trying their best. Teach them that setbacks don’t define us and that there are always better things waiting around the corner to make us forget about the struggles we go through. It just takes patience and a positive attitude. 


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