The world can be a scary place — but there’s one proven way to teach your kids to stay positive through it all…
Positivity is a recurring theme on my blog — it’s even part of my unofficial slogan! So obviously the posts I write are focused on showing the best aspects of our lives. Putting our best face forward if you will.
But I’ll let you in on a little secret: I have bad days too. I have moments where I get down on myself. Moments where I feel picked on and misunderstood.
Maybe it’s a disagreement with a family member (aren’t all families a bit dysfunctional at times?) Or perhaps my husband and I had an argument. I’ve even gotten some pretty nasty comments on blog posts before, and usually I can brush them off, but on certain days they might get past my thick skin.
On those days, it can be easy to give in to the pity party. Throw your hands in the air and say, why bother?
Well, I’m going to tell you my “why.”
This is what keeps me going. This is what helps me stay positive in a negative world.
My girls need me to be positive. They need me at my best, and I am not at my best when I am feeling low.
And if you have kids, they need you to be positive too.
It can be hard for kids to stay positive on their own
Kids these days live in a tough world. Underneath the modern comforts and awe-inspiring technology, they are dealing with issues that we didn’t have to growing up:
“Reality” TV as a life goal
Confusing “role models” that glamorize things like sex tapes (and make millions doing so)
Drugs that many of us parents didn’t know existed
But we can build up our kids
We can’t control the outside world, but we can provide a haven of safety and positivity at home.
I’m not saying that you have to sugar-coat bad things in life, in fact, I try to be as open and honest with my girls as possible. However, I want to make our home a place where they can let go, be themselves, and “recharge” before they have to face the outside world.
Some days that requires a “fake it til you make it” mentality. But I have to make it happen. My girls are counting on me to stay positive so they can feel secure. So they have the example and the environment they need to grow into strong women.
Your kids are counting on you too. Teach your kids to stay positive by setting the example in yourself.
So on those days where it seems like an impossible task to stay positive, take a minute to remember your “why.” You might find that it’s not as difficult as you thought.
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