The right attitude is a crucial concept for children to understand, as it can affect their self-esteem, how they handle difficult situations and their overall outlook on life as they grow into adults. Help your child better grasp this concept by enaging him in age-appropriate activities that emphasize the importance of having a positive attitude.
Positive Attitude Reading
Read books with your child that encourage kids to have a positive attitude. For kids ages 4 and up, "The Energy Bus for Kids: A Story about Staying Positive and Overcoming Challenges," by Jon Gordon, teaches kids positivity rules for a successful life journey. For kids ages 8 and up, check out "A+ Attitude," by Stephanie Perry Moore, about a little girl who turns around her bad attitude, and the positive effects it has on her life. Another book for that age group is "What To Do When You Grumble Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Negativity," by Dawn Huebner, which provides a kid-friendly look at negative situations and how to handle them in a positive manner.
Movie Character Study
Many popular children's movies have a main character that has to go through an attitude adjustment before he can achieve his dream or have success in his quest. Let your child select one of these movies to watch. Afterwards, have a school-aged child write a basic report about how the main character was able to achieve his goals with a positive attitude. A younger child can draw pictures of the main character and talk to you about how a good attitude affected the outcome of the movie.
Positive Attributes Game
For one game, place index cards with positive words and affirmations, such as "I am happy," and "I can do it" all around the house. Place cards with negative words around the house as well. Have your child and a friend hunt for the cards and see who can collect the most positive ones. For more points, have the kids give you an example of each card they have found. If a card reads "I am thankful," your child should say one thing he is thankful for. You could also have the kids go find all the negative index cards, crumple them up into tiny balls and have a symbolic competition, tossing the negativity into the trash.
Arts and Crafts
On a large sheet of poster board, paste a picture of your child in the center. Have him write positive comments about himself all around the picture, using colorful markers. When he is done, frame the positivity poster in his room as a reminder of the importance of having a good attitude. For another art project, give your child old magazines to help him create a collage of positive words and positive-looking people. As a variation of that, your child can select one positive affirmation and create a picture collage based around it. If your child chooses a positive phrase like, "I love to learn," he could look for pictures of kids learning in various environments, such as school and home.
- The Energy Bus for Kids: A Story about Staying Positive and Overcoming Challenges; Jon Gordon
- A+ Attitude; Stephanie Perry Moore
- What To Do When You Grumble Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Negativity; Dawn Huebner