6 Tips to Help Your Kids Focus on the Positive in Every Situation
Last weekend, my family and I attended a local fair. It was a gorgeous Summer evening, and my kids each had a wristband for unlimited rides, a bag of cotton candy, and one of their best friends by their sides. It should have been an idyllic night. Then, while my 7-year-old daughter was on a ride that my 4-year-old son wasn't tall enough for, my husband decided to take him to explore. They came back a few minutes later carrying a stuffed animal my son had won at one of those awful carnival games. My daughter promptly spotted it and started freaking out.
After I gave my husband a brief lecture in Parenting 101 (never get one a toy the other will see immediately after), I realized that my daughter was really the one in need of a life lesson. She was having the best night ever, and she was going to let a disposable, tiny stuffed caterpillar ruin it?! She needed to focus on all the good stuff in her life and not let one little negative eclipse it. It's not an easy lesson for her, or any child for that matter, to learn, but it's one that will benefit them for a lifetime. Here's how to help your kid focus on the positive.