In my quest to raise a healthy, disease free child (and be healthy myself), I have been making green veggie smoothies. My boy did not care for them at first, but after a week or so began to actually like them and even ask for one occasionally. Then he spent the night with his dad who fed him pizza, Coca-Cola, ice cream and jelly toast. I had expressly told him to give S. healthy foods. Needless to say, he came home and was in full blown junk food fever.
This morning he would not drink the smoothie, but kept finding excuses such as “I am reading” or “I just had gum and it changed the taste: (gum? another story). After much complaining from him, I finally gave him a lecture about attitude. We will have to do many things in life that are not pleasant or preferred. Our attitude will make them more acceptable or not. In this case, I asked S to picture how the smoothie was creating a healthy and fat free body with every sip. Then he drank it with no more complaints.
How can we teach our children to be positive? By example primarily. When we are complainers and procrastinators, they will be also. If they see constant negativity, they grow up believing it as a way of life.When we lead by having an eye for the great outcome, they learn the rocky journey is worth the end result. Here are some ways to manage that:
- Be grateful-Explain that we are blessed to have so much when many areas of the world are suffering lack of food, water, shelter and overall safety.
- Pray-Offering worship and praise to the One that made us and ask for guidance, wisdom and direction to remain on the path He has given us to reach the master plan for our lives.
- Smile-It is an old adage but really works. When we smile, it is hard to keep a poor attitude or mood. Reading or saying something funny can instantly snap your child out of the stubborn self pity and into a sunny frame of mind.
- Go outside-Something about nature is soothing even a rainy or scorching day. There is beauty in green grass, dewdrops, rain drops on leaves. Even scorched grass, burned from hot summer sun can inspire a science lesson and redirect a child’s attention.
These are just a few ways to change a child’s attitude. There are thousands and each person is unique in what works best. Enjoy life with a great attitude and remember-someone Is watching and learning from you.
We Love you-Recycled Moms