- Published on Monday, 30 May 2011 06:56
In 1952 Norman Vincent Peale wrote one of the best-selling books ever, The Power of Positive Thinking. To this day, long past his lifetime, millions of people still buy his book to learn his timeless techniques for having high self-esteem and feeling good about themselves. How special it is that children can now learn these techniques... right from the start.
Teach your child with love to think about challenges in a positive way.
Have fun with the words “I think I can. I think I can.” Talk to your child about this concept at whatever level is appropriate. For a young child read the story of The Little Engine That Could by Waddy Piper. For an older one use the same chant, but then follow it up with whatever relevant information you would like to include.
As the challenges of life continue, fall back on these two sentences. They are easy to say and fun to repeat. Hearing them from you will lay the groundwork for your child’s being able to say them. First your child will benefit from your enthusiasm. Next he or she will be spurred on by his or her own. In time your child will be out there confidently facing challenges as they come.
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