Like all of you, I WISH that the start of April was one big April Fool’s Joke. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic that has turned our schedule, lives and usual daily freedoms upside down. It might feel like you have no control over things – and in some cases, that’s true. But one thing we can control is the POWER OF POSITIVITY that is felt in our homes.
The simple truth: when kids learn how to think positive from a young age, they will have a much greater chance of leading happy, healthy, and successful lives as adults. How can we do this right now?
BE A POSITIVE MODEL!
If you want children to think positive, it’s important to be a great role model. When you have a child, being conscious of your thoughts becomes a clear goal as you see them begin to mimic your moods, speech, and actions toward others. And remember, during these stressful times, it’s ok to take a personal timeout if you’re feeling overwhelmed, sad or worried. Everyone needs their moment before taking a deep breath and pushing onward.
HELP THEM FEEL FREE TO SHARE EMOTIONS.
According to www.PowerofPositivity.com, fostering emotional well-being among children has actually been shown to avoid mental illness later in life, along with many other health and social benefits. Are your children sad they are missing school? Frustrated they cannot play with friends? Let them get it out in a healthy way. Teach your child how to laugh, cry, and express their joy, and that it’s ok to do so.
PLANT POSITIVITY SEEDS EACH DAY!
Keep up the encouragement! Remind your child “That was a creative idea!” or “You’re very strong!” or “What a thoughtful friend you are.” These words plant the seeds of positivity in their hearts, and impact their lives in a tremendous way.
ADDITIONAL APRIL RESOURCES
Are you a member of our Empowering Kids with Character Facebook Group and receiving the Empowering Kids with Character Newsletter? Make sure you’ve joined both to get the latest news and tips. We are always sharing helpful resources like:
- VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS – Take a virtual journey with your family to a ton of wonderful places each day!
- OVERDRIVE – an app for library ebooks and audiobooks
- SILO AND SAGE – A Facebook friend who shares amazing indoor activities!
Do you have a tip on how to help kids PRACTICE POSITIVITY? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
Sarah Cavanaugh is a Marketing, PR and Communications Specialist with over 25 years of experience writing, building effective campaigns, and creating brand awareness. Sarah can usually be found exercising, drinking coffee and watching Saturday Night Live skits on YouTube. She lives with her two active teens and husband in Grand Rapids. Find her at www.CavanaughCommunications.com.