How to increase a child’s positive attitude


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How to increase a child’s positive attitude

As a children’s psychotherapist, I knew that one of the single most powerful contributing factors to emotional wellbeing is to look positively at life. To see your triumphs and acknowledge them however big or small. To have gratitude for what had gone well and to recognise and celebrate it. This attitude enables robustness when life is challenging, it enables perspective when life seems bleak and it helps build resilience.

Positivity and gratitude are wonderful attitudes and attributes.

So many people moan (a lot) as pure habit. If you ask them how their day was and they’ll tell you what was ‘wrong ‘ with it. This focus makes them feel even more down and down you go too. In the retelling, the extra focus can intensify the problem. (of course, real problems do need airing and possibly fixing) I am talking about general moans.

Very often  I hear kids coming out of school whining about their day rather than spotting celebrating and sharing the wow moments from that day. It ‘s a bad attitude one we need to challenge if that child is not going to have a very negative view of their life.


Using a wow board to increase a child’s positive atttude

Kids life coach (and my old school friend!) Naomi Richards has developed a wonderful tool called the WOW board to help children who have low self-esteem and who tend to focus on the negative turn this around.

wow board

How to use it

At the end of each day, you would encourage your child to write down what was good, great and what was wow about their day. They don’t have to make things up if the day was just okay that fine. The boards encourage them to look more positively and not pass over the lovely bits of their life with barely a glance.

Wow-Board-detail-The-Kids-Coach, increas a child's postive attitude

They can fill it in on their own or with an adult and they can use sporadically or regularly. Looking back over a completed week really can help a child see how full of good things their life really is.

Our experience of a Wow board to increase a child’s positive attitude

My daughter had a go with this  (she is 8) and I was surprised how simple her goods and wows were…e.g good might be having icecream after school, great could be playing cards with her brother and wow could be got a star at school. she beamed after completing it and felt so good about life. It definitely helped her look fro the positives and be more upbeat and confident.

A lovely thing to do before bed I think so they drift off with positive thoughts about their day. A lovely simple way to raise positivity and self-esteem.

Wow Boards retail at £12.99 and are available to buy from Amazon.

You can read more about Naomi and her work with children at The Kids Coach


I hope you have I enjoyed this post on how to increase a child’s positive attitude – you might also be interested in my post on how writing a journal can help kids

and also on the qualities of a good parent




  1. Sharer Vu
    January 26, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Great, I find the line share real best and the same rhythm crush thinking. I am very happy to know where few lines my thoughts can also help useful for the need to positive attitude.

  2. Fiona Cambouropoulos
    June 29, 2017 / 11:21 am

    A wow board is a lovely idea

  3. June 29, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I love this! This is such a great idea! I try to make a note of the positives in my life, but writing them down definitely makes it easier.

  4. June 30, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Well that is a good idea. It reminds me of my gratitude diary. Focusing on great moments and recording them does sure boost positivity.

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