“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller
This quote itself is enough to tell everything about the need of optimism in a person's life. Research says optimist people live longer, have lesser stress level, and are more successful. Now, who wouldn’t want to instill optimism in their child? Moreover, it is possible to make your child optimist by a little modus operandi. It is necessary to fill your child’s mind with optimism as when you make your child an optimist, you instill in him/ her for an attitude success and in a way, help the society grow better. In case you need any help, read on. We have provided tips on how to instill optimism in children. Follow them and make your child a die-hard optimist.
Instilling Optimism In Your Child
Make Yourself An Example
If you are an optimistic person, there are chances that your children will also be positive in their thinking. So, go ahead and create a familiar example for them. Talk about positive things and always hope for the best, even when things are not that great in your life. When you get success, give due credit to yourself and let your children hear you talk positive. Create a positive environment to reinforce the optimistic outlook.
Don’t Use Negative Labels
Some people are in a habit of labeling their child with negative tags like, 'hard worker, but stupid or whiney or timid'. This may have a very damaging effect on your child’s personality. for instance, when the child is constantly told that he is hard working but can never get enough grades to put him in good university, he may start doubting himself and end up considering himself a loser forever. Similarly, a shy person may remain withdrawn his whole life after getting an unenthusiastic label. So, never ever label your children negatively.
Look For The Brighter Side
Help your children find the 'blessing in disguise', from every situation. Make them see the brighter side of everything. However, rather than enforcing it, let it come to them naturally. If they are sick and can’t go outside to play, make sure that you are there with them. Let them paint, read them stories and even talk to them. Keep them engaged and interested, so they don’t feel negative about being sick and sitting at home, doing nothing.
Look For The Opportunities
Observe your children critically. Check what they are good at and what they like to do. If they like to study, further their opportunities by educating them in a good school and bringing them books to read. If they are good in sports and love to play, send them for sports camp and provide them training. You need to make sure that they don’t dump their failures on the environment and that can be done by giving them opportunities to grow.
Give Credit For Success
Make sure you give due credit to your kids, for their success. Never ever downplay the accolades. However, you also need to make sure that you give credit only when it is due. Unnecessary praises can also negate the effect. If they worked hard for something, but couldn’t get the desired success, praise them for their hard work. Tell them that hard work never goes to waste and next time, they will surely get success, they will just have to work smart.
Instill the “go grab” attitude in your children. Encourage them to take part in various activities and play fair. Tell them that taking part in an activity is more important than winning, although winning too is a good thing. Encourage them to be creative. Let them do things for themselves. Give them little household responsibilities and acknowledge their efforts. Narrate the stories of optimistic people who succeeded and tell them to thrive for success.
Instill A Positive Perspective
It is very important to inspire a positive perspective in your children. Instead of giving them a point of view, let them come up with one of their own. Encourage them to think positively. Let them see the brighter side of everything. Encourage your kids to generate accurate, but positive explanation for bad things happening in their life. Encourage them to challenge their own pessimistic thoughts. You will soon find them growing beyond their boundaries.