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Accentuate the Positive

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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In one of the scenes in "Don't Be That KID! At School," the KID is sitting alone in the bleachers while the other students are having fun participating in gym class. We don't know the reason why he chose to be alone, but the scene provides an opportunity for parents and teachers to open a dialogue with children about the possible causes and solutions of this behavior as well as the importance of always maintaining a positive attitude, no matter what the circumstances.

Negative thoughts and actions can drain a person of energy. How often have you heard a child lament, "I'm bored," and wanted to take on the responsibility of finding something for him to do. Instead, why not view the statement as an opportunity to teach your child/student how to be responsible for his own actions or inactions. Kids have the ability to make choices that could potentially change outcomes. Ask them to ask themselves, "What are some activities I can be doing so I'm not bored?" Encourage them to make a list.

I believe that positive thinking is a skill that can be learned. When children develop a positive attitude early in life, it can become a habit for life. By empowering children at a young age, we are actually helping them to ease the pressures they encounter each day.

I came across a great activity to do with each member of the family. Begin with an empty jar. Each week add a note with a good thing that happened. On New Year's Eve, empty the jar and read about the amazing year you had. It will be a wonderful way to begin 2020!

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