Step Encourage Positive Speculation

Pessimistic kids often think of the gloomy outcome and bad possibilities to any situation. As a result, they can greatly shortchange their potential for succeeding. Here are ways to help your kid think through the possible outcomes of circumstances. He will then be more likely to have a realistic appraisal before making any decision:

• Ask "what if?" Help your kid think about potential consequences of any situation by asking "what-if" kinds of questions."What might happen if you tried that?" "What might happen if you didn't try?"

• List pros and cons. Another way to help kids decide on the best choice is by helping them weigh the pros and cons of possible choices. "What are all the good things that might happen if you choose that? What are the bad things? Now weigh the good with the bad. Are there more good or bad outcomes?"

• Name the worst thing. Ask your child to think of the absolute worst thing that could happen if he followed through with his intention.Then help him weigh if the outcome really is all that bad, as well as ways to deal with it.

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