5 Positive Attitude Activities For Kids
How to help your kids have a more positive attitude with these positive attitude activities for kids.
To help children see positive things in life, there are a few activities you can do together. We should be helping our little ones to look at the positive things and have a positive attitude because it helps solve problems in life simpler. These positive attitude activities can also help children turn negative attitudes around and learn coping skills too.
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It is never easy to hear your child say negative things or have negative thoughts. Feelings of anger, sadness and self-doubt are normal, but we can turn them around. It is normal and natural for people to dwell on negative thoughts, and this includes children too.
Thank goodness for positive attitude activities which can help develop a more positive attitude about their world and themselves.
We all go through a series of emotions. Many adults experience waves of emotions on a daily basis and all thoughts and feelings are valid which means that there really are no bad emotions. Negative thoughts are actually valuable and help us process life.
Negative emotions are within our moral compass and if we didn’t have them, then we wouldn’t feel guilt or shame.
Trying to hide from our emotions and trying to be happy all the time is not healthy and this kind of emotional avoidance is a huge trigger for phycological problems.
This is why we do not need to dismiss negative thoughts and emotions, but embrace them and process them. We should teach our children to accept and process their emotions in a healthy way and encourage positive thinking with positive affirmations and thinking.
Positive thinking is important because it opens your mind and allows the building of new skills. This is how we build up resilience in our children. We can train the brain to respond to emotions in a healthy manner with a little bit of work, and engaging mental exercises to help shape the brain.
Positive Attitude Activities
I am a big believer in positive affirmations. Mindset is everything in life and it can help us become really successful and happy, or it can bring us down. Positive affirmations are a belief system that is rooted in universal truth.
How positive affirmations work is that there are a series of positive statements which children can repeat to themselves to promote positive thinking and eliminate negative thoughts.
Affirmations are really effective, and you can try to let your child come up with their own affirmations so they hold more personal meaning to them. Your child should take ownership of the positive affirmation process.
For a list of 107 positive affirmations, read this.
Positive thinking begins with their inner voice. Try saying these affirmations in a playful manner as children learn best through the power of play. Make it a game and take turns affirming each other.
I like to post positive affirmations on a sticky note and place it on the mirror in the bathroom. You can also use a chalkboard on the fridge, create a colourful poster on the computer together or have them written down in a daily journal. The more often that your child practices their affirmations, the more they will believe them.
This helps reduce negative self-talk.
Make Attitude Acrostics
An acrostic is a puzzle of sorts when you take a word such as “attitude” and assign a phrase to each letter. This is a great way to help your child figure out which traits are common among those who have positive attitudes.
How it works:
Write down the word “attitude” or “positive” or something along those lines vertically on a piece of paper using capital letters.
Set a timer for 5 minutes and talk to your child about some things they can write about positive attitudes.
Fill out the acrostic with your child and see how it turns out.
Here is an example of an acrostic:
Always thinking positive
Thinking about others
Trying new things
Investigating solutions to problems
Taking time to appreciate things
Understanding that failure is a part of life and that’s how we learn
Don’t worry about things you cannot control
Enjoy daily adventures
Trying New Activities
Giving your child opportunities to gain experience by providing new activities can help bring a positive attitude. As your child keeps trying out these new skills and sees success after practicing, they will become more confident and positive.
Encourage your little one to try a new sport, musical instrument, activity or game.
Model A Positive Attitude
Feel free to share any of your own positive experiences with your child in order to share positivity, and spread it around. Just like the whos down in Whoville spread Christmas cheer.
Spreading Positive thoughts to Others
Just like you can use deep breathing to help children calm down, you can use positive thoughts directed at others to feel more positive yourself.
Have your child send positive thoughts to friends and family members. Positive thinking towards other people is rather powerful. It’s a mindset thing, and while I have always had a tough time believing that my mindset can change things around in my own life, I have found it to be powerful these last few years.
Having your child think positive thoughts about others will in turn make them feel so good that they will feel positive thoughts about themselves too. Your child can say “May you feel safe. May you feel happy. May you feel healthy. May you live with ease” or their own phrases to others in their thoughts.
Positive Attitude In children
Having a positive attitude can be tough for children and adults. The good news is that we can train our brains to be more positive with positive attitude activities. Embrace negative thoughts and work through them together with your child through positive affirmations, trying new activities, modelling a positive attitude, setting and achieving goals, journalling, volunteering and practicing loving-kindness meditation.
Your child will train their brain to be more positive and will learn to respond to emotions in a healthy way. You can be sure the confidence and overall happiness will be boosted with these positive attitude activities and the world around them will become healthier and happier.
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