Thinking positively can help adults in their everyday lives, but did you know your children can also benefit from this mindset? Positivity in attitude as a habit tends to spill over into other aspects throughout your child’s lifetime. In turn, this will cultivate good problem-solving skills, productivity, empathy, and personal happiness/success.
These Activities Help Kids Develop a Positive Attitude
Everyone experiences stress and anxiety, but no one feels it as acutely as children. Kids do not have the emotional maturity to identify/alleviate the feelings. Any of these four ideas can help your child deal with these emotions and create positive attitudes.
Create a Wall of Love
Find any wall in your home with free space where everyone in the family can see it. As often as possible, have your children write on a piece of paper who/what they love and their reason. If your child is too young to write, they can draw a picture. There is no age restriction on this activity, so feel free to do some, too! Seeing the notes that they wrote will be a daily reminder that even when kids feel sad, they are surrounded by people and things they love.
Displaying kindness to others is an incredible way to foster a positive attitude in your children and teaches them empathy. Making “Kindness Coupons” to give to family/friends allows them to display kindness in a fun way. Make sure to talk to your child about what acts of kindness they would be comfortable performing (example: A child who does not feel comfortable with hugs might not want to give them). Brainstorming these ideas will get your child to think about others more actively. The coupons make great gifts too, thereby creating a ripple effect, showing the recipient that kindness is the greatest gift one can receive. Here are some printable Kindness Coupon ideas and templates to get started!
Make an Awe Journal
Awe Journals are not like standard journals. First, get a blank notebook and have your child articulate what “awe” means to them (if they do not know, this is a great time to learn a new word). Have your child write or enter a visual representation of something that awed them that day. After they have done their entry, talk to them about it. Having children focus on even the smallest positive things in their day can help them appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world around them.
Make Worry Dolls
Give your kids a way to diffuse the anxious emotions with a fun, tactile activity called “Worry Dolls.” While your child is engaged with the project, help them associate it with stress relief by talking out their problems. As a result, this will encourage your child to imagine their tension “magically” flowing into the doll as they are making it. The doll can be reused as something to bring comfort when they feel anxiety or stress later. This activity helps children pinpoint stressors and enables them to talk about them without shame. The internet is filled with various ways to make worry dolls, and we particularly like this one.
Fostering, nurturing, and growing a positive attitude is not difficult to achieve with simple everyday conversations about emotions, thoughts, and how to develop a positive, healthy outlook.