In the life of a preschooler, it can sometimes be challenging to see the positive side of things. When you think about it, preschoolers really have very little control over their lives. A majority of decisions about their day are made by someone else—an adult. And, when their plans don’t line up with the adult’s plan, the preschooler more than likely will be the one who is left disappointed. This can be discouraging. But, there are many ways to help your preschooler see the positives in life, even at such a young age.
This is one thing that always helps people of any age to think more positively. The reason it works is because it shifts your attention away from yourself and onto someone else. When you are able to help someone, it makes you feel good. I’d say that’s a pretty positive thing! Remember to help young children think through what they are doing as they help so they can feel that sense of pride for what they have done.
Highlight of the Day
At some point in the evening, maybe at dinner time or bed time, ask your preschooler what the best part of their day was. It is so easy to get downhearted about things that go wrong and to let them ruin our days. But, by looking back and remembering what went right, we can leave the day with a positive memory.
A lot of parenting comes down to modeling behaviors we want our children to develop. One of those behaviors is finding the good in someone else. Each day, think of something that you love about your child and tell them! “I love the way you help me clean up the kitchen.” “I love it when you sing to your baby sister.” Or, “I love the way you always find something to laugh about.” These simple observations can do wonders for a child’s self confidence. In return, help your child find something nice to say about someone else. Get him into the practice of sharing positive affirmations with others.
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