24 HOURS TO AN OPTIMISTIC CHILD
✓ Wake him up with a smile and make sure that he smiles too, even if you need to make a funny face!
✓ Briefly tell him about all the wonderful things the day is going to hold. Tell him about all the positives the day has in store.
✓ Look out the window and show him how wonderful nature is. Point out the birds, the sun and the grass that he can run around on.
✓ Encourage him to be independent and praise him when he does things right. Praising a child at the right time holds a lot of value.
✓ Give him a healthy meal. Talk about the taste, texture and colours as you enjoy the meal together. Ask him why he likes certain foods.
✓ Make time to play with him. Older children like playing games that are competitive. Let him win from time to time. If he loses, teach him that it is not the end of the world.
✓ Build his social skills by letting him play with his peers. Do not intervene immediately when there is a fight between him and his peers. If you do step in, do not get personal.
✓ Talk to your child about what happened during the day. Find out what made him feel upset or sad, and why. Asking open-ended questions will yield far better answers, so ask: “What was the best and the worst part of your day?” instead of “Did you have a good day?”
✓ Make him feel good about himself. Tell him why you enjoy spending time with him. Tell him what a great child he is! This will make him feel positive about himself.
✓ With this in mind he can drift off to dreamland with happy thoughts.