Don't let your kid turn into a negative nancy.
As parents, we spend a lot of our time making sure that our babies are growing into upstanding human beings, which can make dealing with their temper tantrums and just plain negative thoughts super frustrating. If your kid's pessimistic attitude has ever worked your last nerve, there's no need to feel embarassed or ashamed because we've all been there. In fact, we know just how hard it is to get kids to see the bright side of things when every problem that comes their way seems to weigh them down. Instead of keeping calm and carrying on, they'd rather just stay mad and throw a fit. Even as adults, we sometimes have trouble not letting our issues turn us into debby downers.
Parenting expert Renee Jain totally gets this, which is why she stresses that it's important to get your kids to first catch the negative thoughts going through their head and then challenge them. Your son failed his test and is freaking out over what happens next? Get him to see that there's more to life than getting a bad grade; he can get a tutor, study harder and kill it the next time around. It's all about knowing when to panic and when to plan it (your next move, that is.)