By: Kindergarten Teachers
Metta School values moral education for our children. One of the essences of moral lessons itself is kindness. Kindness matters. It can turn a child’s whole day around. When you have kind children, the day is brighter and more productive too. How can we as teachers improve our kids’ behavior and attitudes towards each other and create a pleasant learning environment through teaching kindness?
We spread kindness this March through our Acts of Kindness Project. This project challenges our students to do simple acts of kindness and not forget to write them down every day for a month.
During the distance learning session, we allow the students to share their projects that they had written for several days. By sharing their actions of this project to teachers and friends, we let them feel glad and proud for being kind to others as well as developing their positive attitude.
“When children develop a positive attitude early in life, it helps them face challenges with strength and hope.” – Dr Meghna Singhal
Here are some ways that you can try to develop a positive attitude in children.
- Let them know that it is okay to express their feelings.
One of the most important ways to help your children embrace positivity in life is by letting them acknowledge their emotions. Be it sadness, happiness, fear, shame, anxiety, or any other emotion, tell them that it is normal to be happy or sad at times. Once they learn to accept these feelings, there will be no room for negativity. If your child is unhappy or angry, ask him about his problem. Once he lets you know his problem and his feelings, make him understand that these clouds of negativity will pass. Tell him that he should try to look for solutions instead of worrying about the problem. This way he will understand that every problem has a solution. Your child will soon learn to look at things positively.
- Be a role model.
Children learn a great deal from their parents. If you remain positive in life, your kids will develop the same attitude. You may not be aware, but your children observe your every action, feeling, and emotion. Slowly and gradually, they start following whatever you think or believe. Show them that remaining positive in the face of adversity and everything that follows is possible and can be good. This will help them develop a positive attitude.
- Encourage and motivate your kids.
If your children feel dejected or demotivated, encourage them to look at the positive things in life. Appreciate them when they succeed in something and do not scold them if they make mistakes. If ever your child misbehaves, do not scold him. Explain to him politely that this kind of behavior is not acceptable and teach him how to correct his mistake. When you explain to children how to rectify their mistakes, you instill positivity in them.
- Give them freedom.
It is important to exercise discipline in children, but at the same time, they must be given their freedom too. Sometimes, it is okay to let children do things in the manner they want. Let them pursue their dreams and desires.
- Let your kids be surrounded by positive people.
The people we are friends with influence us greatly and if we are surrounded by positive people it impacts the way we perceive things too. The same holds true for a child; therefore, make sure your kiddo is in the company of happy and positive people.
- Encourage them to talk about positive events.
It is good to learn about your child’s day, however, make sure you lay more emphasis on positive events rather than laying stress on the negative ones. Show them that positive events have the power to trump negative events. Encouraging them to focus on positive events and emphasizing on their importance will help them realize that a positive attitude towards daily incidents, in general, can give them a stress-free day. Ultimately, they’ll lean more towards a positive attitude in life.
- Teach morals and values to them.
A child, who knows what is right and wrong, turns out to be more positive in life than children who don’t, and this can happen when you teach morals and values to your child from the beginning. When your children know their values, they know that they are in the right. If they stick to morals and do the right thing, they will have no guilt, doubts, or regrets about wrong-doings. In the absence of fear, guilt, and doubt, kids will find it easier to develop a positive attitude.
- Encourage positivity through stories and games.
Positivity can be imbibed in children by narrating positive stories to them. You can also indulge your children in positive thinking activities and games. This way your child would learn valuable lessons in a fun way.
Having a positive attitude towards life can help children overcome any problem in life. We hope this article will help you instill positivity in children.