Children need to see adults giving thanks. As they watch others appreciate things in their lives, the number of positive experiences out number the negative.
We know from studies that a person needs 10 positive to 1 negative experience in order to balance themselves. Showing appreciation is an easy way to add positives in your child’s day.
Positive exposure can happen on a regular basis. Appreciate their attitude. Catch them being good. Thank them for a hug.
Part 1: Try balancing 10/1 with thank yous for the next week just to see how it works. You may adopt this technique with other relationships.
Part 2: Next, eliminate negative exposure. Do not say any disparing comments in front of them, regardless of the subject.
Part 3: Eliminate thinking ugly thoughts to balance yourself. Replace these thoughts by thinking of what you are thankful for.
Part 4: Reevaluate balance with your child and yourself.