Fun ways to teach children positivity
We’ve all seen the difference that positive thinking can make, but now research has proven that children who are more positive will be happier, better behaved and more successful throughout life! (research by California State University, 2012)
Relax Kids teaches children to have a positive outlook: on themselves (using affirmations and confidence-boosting games) and on their lives (seeing the best in others and recognising the good things in their life).
By teaching children to be positive you can improve their self-esteem and help them learn to deal with situations which might otherwise become stressful, for example, sitting beside somebody new in class becomes an opportunity to make a new friend, rather than “not fair” -or the end of the world!
Positivity also has plenty of health benefits, helping reduce stress and releasing positive endorphins into the body, which boost the immune system and naturally relieve pain and tension.
In a time when it’s almost fashionable to be negative (popularised by subculture groups like ‘emos’), it is important to teach children about positivity from a young age.
There are loads of fun ways to teach children about positivity. If children are able to enjoy being positive, they will quickly associate those good feelings with being positive -and before long they will get to see the benefits for themselves! Here are a few ideas:
1.) Positivity chart
Reward positive behaviour! This will help your child understand that being positive will benefit everyone around them as well as themselves.
Every time they are optimistic about something or they are able to see the good in something, reward them with a sticker for their chart. When they fill their chart, they get a special treat like a fun day out, film night, or sweeties.
Keep the chart somewhere where you will all see it every day, like on the fridge or on the living room door. Encourage positivity by asking questions like, “tell me something good that happened at school today”, or “how can we see the good in this situation”?
You will receive a free reward chart with all CD orders or orders over £14.99 from our online store.
2.) “A glass half-full!”
This is a fun activity to get children thinking about optimism, relating to the age-old expression, “is a glass half-empty or half-full?”.
How to play:
Place a reward or an IOU inside a watertight container (like the ones found in Kinder Eggs) and place in the bottom of an empty jar with a little water, so it is floating.
Every time your child is optimistic or positive, add a little water to the jar, causing the ‘reward’ to rise a little closer to the top.
You can draw markers on the side of the jar and add the same amount of water each time, or the amount of water you add can depend on how positive each deed is. Lots for a very positive deed or just a little for When the jar is full of water, your child’s reward will be floating within reach so they can finally open it up and find out what’s inside!
Tip: add glitter or food colouring to the water for a more magical experience!
3.) Gratitude diary
One of the easiest ways to feel more positive is to think about all the wonderful things we have in our lives: friends, family, love, laughter, health... the list can be endless! So that’s exactly what you should do -keep a list!
You can do this with your child and keep your own gratitude diary. Write down five things you are grateful for or five good things that have happened to you each day. Five things might sound like a lot, but once you get going it really isn’t. They can be as small as somebody liking your hairstyle that day, or as huge as feeling grateful for your health!
It’s difficult to be negative when you think about all the wonderful things in your life, little or big, that you might otherwise forget to feel grateful for.
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