How to Teach Kids to Engage in Positive Self-Talk
written by Sherri Gordon, posted on verywellfamily.com
When faced with uncertainty or challenges in life, it is not uncommon for kids to experience strong feelings, have doubts, and even engage in negative self-talk. In fact, it is a relatively common phenomenon for kids to have negative thoughts about themselves especially if they are being bullied, struggling academically, or having trouble making friends. Facing challenges is hard for kids and sometimes the default is to assume there is something wrong with them.
But parents can help kids cope with these negative thoughts and feelings by teaching them how to engage in positive self-talk. While it is still important to recognize negative thoughts and feelings and not attempt to erase them, they also can learn how to reframe their thinking and focus on their strengths or the lessons they have learned from the challenges.
If teaching your child to engage in positive self-talk is something you want to explore, we take you through what you need to know including how you can empower your kids with this powerful tool so that they can face life’s challenges with resilience and self-confidence.