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October 26, 2020
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The motto in school this week is:
I make the most out of each experience.
It is easy to make the most of a good day but making the most out of a difficult day takes skill because it is hard to be positive and resourceful when we feel frustrated. When we are frustrated, we are more unwilling to replace any unhelpful, discouraging thoughts we may have with helpful, encouraging ones.
For example, imagine if your child struggles with homework and says, “I can’t do this!” They may not be ready to believe, “ I CAN do this!” but they might be willing to accept this thought, “Maybe I can’t do this, but maybe I can.” It is a small change, but an important one.
The next time you hear your kids say, “I will never understand this,” see if you can gently encourage them with “Maybe, that is true, but maybe not. You don’t understand it yet, but maybe you’ll figure it out.”
Why is putting maybe before a negative thought helpful?
Worry and anxiety often stem from imagining the worst possible scenario. Yet, the very worst scenarios don’t often come true. Saying “maybe” helps us realize that we don’t know what will happen. When we say “maybe” to a negative thought, we make room for a more helpful or believable thought to take its place.
For example, if we think “Mornings are awful,” it is unlikely we would believe, “Mornings are awesome.” Positive self-talk isn’t helpful if we don’t believe it. Perhaps we can believe, “Maybe this morning won’t be so bad.” Using “maybe” may only make a small improvement in our experience, but it’s a step in the right direction because we deserve a better experience.
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