How to Help Your Child through Covid-19
Covid-19 is having a negative impact on many children’s lives. Now, is the time to help your child overcome the challenges and disruption to life this virus has created in their lives. It is about developing the proper mindset.
Many adults pay exorbitant amount of money for personal development coaches and therapist over their lifetime in their quest for living a happy and fulfilled life.
So, why are some people more happy than others?
The difference is the mindset between the happy person and the unhealthy person.
One valuable life skill to teach your child is is your responsibility to create your own happiness in life.
Now, there is a larger picture or overall goal to teaching your child to create his/her own happiness.
It is about taking responsibility and being accountable for your own life rather than making excuses and blaming others.
Many people develop a victim’s mindset…
- A mindset which restricts growth and development
- A mindset which limits potential and happiness in life.
- A mindset where excuses and/or blaming others is the reason for lack of results or happiness in one’s life.
One’s current situation in life is an accumulation of the choices they have made or decided not to make, plus their response to the actual things they truly have no control over in life; such as being hit by a bus or a power outage.
Learning to create your own happiness is a life skill which children can transfer to other areas of life such as success in school, athletics, martial arts, and music and eventually into adulthood.
I am sure you have heard your child say “I’m bored!” This is a great opportunity to teach your child to create his/her own happiness. It is a choice to be bored as we can all find something we enjoy doing. Train them to ask the right questions such as “what do I really enjoy doing?”, or “what is my favorite activity?”
The above exercise is about learning that we always have a choice to change our mindset and to focus on being in control of our own destiny.
Learning to take control our your own happiness is a stepping stone to learning to take complete control over your own life.
As your child moves to preteen and teenager years shifting the emphasis from choosing to be happy to asking more empowering questions when he/she either achieves something or does not achieve something, is an important skill which will have a positive affect on his/her life.
The sooner your preteen or teenager learns to honesty ask themselves these 3 questions, it will have a compounding effect on their lives, the more likely your child will live a more successful, fulfilling, and happy life.
- What did I do?
- What didn’t I do?
- How did I respond to something I had no control over such as someone’s rude comments?
Being an adult responsible for raising a child is not an easy task; however, it is an important responsibility of any adult who truly wants the best for his/her child. You obviously are a parent who truly cares about your child and your child’s future as you took the time to read this and learn. You may even want to apply this to your own life.