Helping children understand the power and effect of their thoughts, words, actions and reactions is key in building a foundation for their wellness as adults. When they learn how to see the “glass half full” (ver el “vaso medio lleno”) and begin to think positively from a young age, they will have a much greater chance of leading a happy, healthy and successful lives as adults.
Below are 6 activity ideas to foster positive thinking in your kids:
1) Draw love
Literally! Invite your kids to describe “LOVE”. On a piece of paper, ask them to draw love by asking these questions:
- What color is love?
- What shape is love?
- How does love sound?
- What smells make you think of love?
- What does love feel like?
Enjoy their answers and encourage them to explain to you why they chose each one! When finished, you may showcase the work in your kitchen, family room, or their bedrooms. It will be a kind reminder for weeks to come.
2) Create a kindness wall
With the help of heart-shaped paper, designate a wall in an area of your house where all family members write nice things about each other. From Mike letting little Pamela play on his PS4, to Tommy picking up after his playtime was over. These reminders help them keep their focus on the positive. It is like a mind-training exercise to be on the ‘lookout’ for positive treats in others.
3) Ask questions
Instead of just asking about how their day went, ask them about the positive things that happened during their day. These specific questions help them focus on their achievements rather than disappointments.
4) Start an “awe” journal
Invite your older kids to create a cover for an “Awe” journal to record those pretty little moments of everyday life. Offer suggestions – according to their age – about amazing things that make them smile. From a pink sunset on the way back from the supermarket, to a cute lizard that visited your patio. Little by little, they will become more aware of these little “daily gifts” and look forward to recording it in their journals.
5) Be a motivator and encourager
Help them believe that they can be their best. Be vocal. Be loud about it. Encourage them to follow their dreams and remind them they have the power to achieve their goals.
Even if your child fails at something, motivate them to pick themselves up and move on. Teach them to trust in the silver lining behind every failure.
6) Report some good news!
A great family practice to spark positive thinking is to have a “Report Night”. This routine can take place at dinner time or before bedtime, where each family member “reports” something good that they saw or experienced during the day. Some good examples can be found here!
Practicing these routines will not only help them spark positivity, but will also help them embrace this way of living for the rest of their lives!