Chaplain Chat – Positive Thinking

Welcome back, everyone!

As I was visiting a few classrooms this week I spoke to a lot of students who were so positive and excited about returning to school to see both their peers and teachers. Also, to add to their excitement, this term there are a lot of things that are happening including cross country, school photos, lighting carnival, and lots more. Generally, at the beginning of the term students tend to have a lot of excitement and energy. However, as the term goes on their energy appears to plateau and then increase as holidays approach again. Powerofpositivity.com provides several tips on how parents can help their children cultivate positive thought patterns, which may be helpful for students to avoid experiencing the mid-term energy plateau this semester. I am sharing with you the following three tips:

  1. Be a great role model.

Powerofpositivity.com states that it is important for parents to be exemplary role models of positive thinking to their child. Children are prone to consciously and unconsciously mimic their parents, thus parents need to be aware of the mood, speech, and actions they model in front of their children.  Haim Ginot states that “children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” For example, speaking positively about the school events that your child might be anxious about participating in, such as the lighting carnival or cross country will help them view this event with more positivity and less anxiety.

  1. Be a motivator and encourager.

It is important that children feel that their parents are their number one fans. Throughout the term consistently reinforce to your children the belief that they can do their best, whether that is in: music, engineering, sport, or other subjects. Also, it important to motivate them to pick themselves up and carry on when they do not get the results they were aspiring to receive. For example, if your child does not receive the result they would have wanted for the cross country run, it is important to highlight to your child that there is always a silver lining to everything that happens. With the cross country example maybe encourage your child to try to actively improve for next year by running more during lunch, participating more in sports, or doing more physical activities on the weekends.

  1. Ask them about the positive events of their day.

Ask your child about the positive things that happened at school, instead of just asking how their day went. Powerofpositivity.com highlights that when children stay focused on thinking positively, their positive experiences will only continue to grow. So, ask questions that specifically requires them to focus on the good things they achieved at school such as helping others or making a new friend

I hope the above tips help guide you on how to motivate your children and help them to avoid the mid-term energy plateau during this eleven-week term. For more general tips on helping cultivate a positive mindset in your children, please visit the following website:

https://www.powerofpositivity.com/10-ways-to-help-kids-think-positive/

Thank you,

Rumbi