Moody and pessimistic

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  • Monday, 30 Dec 2013

What can we do to help our son develop a more positive outlook on life? He complains about everything and seldom seems happy. His negative attitude is affecting his school work and, I’m sure, it’s hurting his ability to make friends as well. 

The first step is to try to understand where this negativity might be coming from. There are several possible sources. You know your child better than anyone else, and are probably in the best position to determine which of the following profiles describes his situation most accurately. 

Sometimes a negative attitude can be rooted in a child’s natural inborn temperament. Some kids are easy-going; others find it difficult to adapt to change. Some are aggressive and domineering while others tend to be quiet and more introverted. 

In the same way, certain children have a naturally sunny disposition while others are inclined to focus on the bleak side of life. The first group sees the glass as half full, the second as half empty. 

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