Today I’m talking about keeping a positive attitude in the face of challenges. It’s never easy and we all slip into that negative space sometimes. I want to share what motivates me to keep calm and keep good going.
Everyone goes through challenging times, be they financial, health, social, or whatever. We have had our fair share of bad days in my family. There was the time when we were pretty broke and needed food stamps for a while. Or when we had the most stressful move ever. Through all of those challenges though, I have kept a positive attitude and tried to pass that on to my kids. New York Life is also celebrating a positive attitude by Celebrating Good and encouraging people to share real moments that keep good going. With Mother’s Day coming up, they’re focusing on the good we as moms pass along to our kids.
Check out this video about The Happiest Daughter to see what I mean:
No matter what is going on in my crazy household, I think of that popular British adage, “Keep calm and carry on.” Kids can read you like a book. So if you’re grumpy and negative, they will be too. (Go ahead and argue with a toddler if you’re unsure.) I try to keep calm and keep good going. Because if I could only teach my children one thing, it’s that with a positive attitude, you can get through just about any challenge you are facing.
Right now, my daughter is doing physical therapy for over-tightened achilles tendons. She also has scoliosis, so her therapy will likely last a long time. She has a routine of stretches that she does twice per day at home. It is tedious and boring, but necessary.
Most days, she just smiles and goes through her routine. Some days though, she really doesn’t want to stretch and tries to skip out. When she isn’t as enthusiastic about it, I try to motivate her with positive reinforcement. If you’ve ever tried to nag a tween into doing something, you know that you can’t fight negative with negative. (Surprisingly similar to arguing with a toddler.)
I hope that she will take this positive attitude with her throughout life. As the tagline of my blog says, “Life is drama, make the most of it mama!” We may not be in control of everything that happens, but we can make the most of it while it’s happening.
I’d love to know how you keep good going in your family. Was there a specific time when you kept a happy mood in spite of challenges? Is there a lesson you learned from your mom that you’re passing along (or planning to pass along) to your kids?
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