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Having a positive mindset is so important as there are many life situations that we just have to accept and need to be positive about, even if we don’t feel it. We might want to run away from these situations, but we shouldn’t. All situations are learning experiences and we should teach our children this. Children need to accept situations for what they are and learn to work with them. Dealing with difficult situations well is a valuable life lesson.

HAVING A POSITIVE MINDSET ABOUT SITUATIONS

One example is if there is a child who does not like your child, they can choose to be polite to them when they see them but also keep away from them in the playground if they can. They can interact with the other child when they have to at the same time as limiting their interactions if they know they will lead to conflict. They need to stay positive about themselves and know that they are doing the right thing.

Another example is perhaps your child is in the lowest set for a subject. They may not be able to change sets if there is no room in a higher set, or if everyone else finds the work easier than them.  What your child can do is accept ‘it’s okay to be in the bottom set and accept that it’s OK to not be the best at everything. If they feel there is room for improvement in the subject, they could also decide to study more and improve their marks.

Alternatively, maybe your child does not have many friends. They can either dwell on the fact they don’t have enough friends or they can enjoy the friends that they do have.

Once your child has this more positive mindset, they will be happier and enjoy life more as they feel more in control of their thoughts and their feelings. They are learning to not allow their negative head to interfere with who they are and what they represent.