The first step to work towards this target,”Enhancing positive thinking among children” is that we, the grown-ups have to introspect ourselves. As I shared my views regarding this topic in my previous blog, we cannot motivate or encourage the children unless we feel so. Next thing is to take care of physical needs of our children. A child who eats well at a proper time; sleeps well and exercise regularly will definitely feel happy most of the time. If proper routine of eating and sleeping is followed in early years, it becomes a habit plays an important role in making them think positively.
A child who eats well at a proper time; sleeps well and exercise regularly will definitely feel happy most of the time. If proper routine of eating and sleeping is followed in early years, it becomes a habit which plays an important role in making them think positively.
All parents should make it a daily ritual to be thankful for everything before going to bed. Even if some bad things happened, be thankful for them as they’ll make you stronger. Let there be at least half an hour as “silence time” for the whole family. This practice will lead to meditation after some time and everybody who meditates regularly feels peaceful and calm most of the time.
Be careful about the types of books you are reading, the TV channels you are watching when your children are with you. Watch information programs and visit museums, historic places whenever possible.
When the children are very young(3-5 yrs), they can be involved in “house play” or other games which can help them understand their responsibility towards housekeeping. Praise them for their small achievements. Don’t hesitate to hug them often even if you feel that they have now grown up.Listen to them patiently when they share their experience with you. Praise them when they admit their mistakes.
Whenever they feel their performance not up to the mark in studies or sports, ask them to compete with themselves instead of competing with others. See that there should be no negative self-talk at all. Instead of saying “I’ll not be able to improve in studies”, it’s better to say, “This time I’ll plan my work in better way to improve” or “I tried, but I’ll try harder now”. Ask the child what type of help he/she needs from you instead of getting angry.
By following these tips, each one of us can make our children good human beings and better citizens in future.
All the parents and teachers are trying their best to inculcate positive thinking among children. They talk to them about it, they ask them to read good books and give them the examples from the lives of great personalities who struggled and achieved success. Well, I think that before we do all these things, let’s have a look at our own personalities and the way we are living. Are we positive thinkers? How do we react when we return home after spending the whole day which was full of troubles and problems? Do we talk about only the bad things that happened or only those things which made us happy?
If we answer these questions honestly, we’ll come to know whether we are positive thinkers or negative? If we the grown-ups, parents or teachers don’t think positively, how can we encourage our children to think positively? I’m not saying that we should not share our problems at all. We can talk about them as if they are opportunities to get success.
If some extra work is assigned to you at a workplace, take it as a challenge. Share it with your family members in such a way as if you are getting a promotion! Tell everybody that you are getting a chance to prove that you can handle much more work than that which you were doing previously. Believe me, this type of conversation will leave a great impact on your children.
Sometimes you have to work with such people who are short-tempered or egoist. You can’t avoid them. Don’t criticise them at home. Talk about them as if you feel sympathy for them. Such people are really unfortunate because we don’t know the circumstances they have faced in their lives and that’s why their behaviour is not appropriate.
A child spends more than 70% of his time at home. If we create positive atmosphere at home by bringing small and continuous changes in our own behaviour and thought process, I’m sure our children will face their problems in better ways instead of feeling depressed.
There is no one in this world whose life is stress-free. But people who take the stress as a challenge, remain happy even when the circumstances are not favourable. Can we make our teaching learning process such that our students learn to face the challenges without getting stressed? We, the teachers can play a very important role in making the classroom stress free or at least, reduce it to some extent.
Teachers and students can have fun in the classrooms. Usually, it happens that in a class, before a teacher enters, students talk, smile and laugh. But as soon as the teacher enters, most of them look tense and their face expression changes. Can learning take place if they feel burdened and unhappy most of the time? If we have a little humour in our classrooms, definitely it will stimulate learning.
We can start it by laughing at ourselves. In this way, students will be able to experience fun without hurting others’ emotions. In recent times, teachers are attending so many training programmes and seminars to update themselves and to apply new methods of teaching so that holistic development of each child takes place. But very few people talk about how humour can be included during the lessons. If a teacher starts the lesson with a good joke every day, the student will wait for such teacher with a great enthusiasm.
Some physical activity can also be done for a few minutes so that they come out of their chairs and get rid of boredom. Some children are introvert and hesitate to come up with their problems. If they are allowed to sit in groups and discuss the problems with each other, it will be a great help for them.
No one can avoid stress. It will be there throughout life. But by changing the atmosphere of the classroom whenever possible, we can help our children to learn how to manage it.