Practical Parenting Tips on Positive Attitude: Part 1

Jun 4, 2013 by

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We live in a difficult world with many disappointments. It is very easy for us to slip into a negative attitude. But negativity breeds only more negativity and defeat. If allowed to be negative, our children can become despondent and paralyzed from doing anything because they see no way to accomplish anything of value. But a positive attitude moves them forward lifting them above troubles and roadblocks. Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach, said, “Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” And sometimes determines if you will even give something a try.

Here are some simple ways to instill a positive attitude in your children:

All Ages:

  • When your child demonstrates a good attitude in a tough situation, give praise.

Ages 2-5:

  • Start your child’s day with Scripture. Children can learn simple verses that place positive thoughts in their minds.

Ages 6-10:

  • Send your child to school with a positive comment, like “Choose to make it a great day.”
  • Help your child develop a positive self-image. Praise your children, not just for what they do, but for who they are.
  • Don’t let your children get the “give me” bug. Be sure they are thankful for each privilege they receive before they get another one.

Ages 11-17:

  • Teach your children how to present an opposing viewpoint without being negative or disrespectful. They are stretching their wings and opinions; let them grow in an appropriate way.


  • What words are your children hearing come out of your mouth — positive or negative? We set the tone of the home and are the primary example to our children on how we will choose to view life.

How is the attitude looking in your home?

On Thursday, we will continue the list of ideas.

~Jim and Jerolyn

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