I Can Do It
When young children are learning to button, tie shoes..., it can be frustrating. If they can say, "I can do it," it sends a positive message of self confidence. When our children get frustrated and announce, "I can't do it," help them turn the negative statement into a positive one. Teach them, "I can't do it yet." Yet sends the message that they will be able to do it. Every time "I can't" is mentioned, help the child to rephrase the sentence; I can't do it yet, but I will.
Activity: Positive Chain Links
Give children strips of paper for a paper chain. Have children think of positive words or sentences and have them write the words/sentences on the pieces of paper, (child can dictate words). Each child can take their paper and turn it into a paper chain. When everyone is done, the parent/teacher connects the individual chains together. String the chain up in your home or classroom.
I really stink; I'm never trying out again
Maybe if I practiced more, it would have turned out better
Trying out was difficult, but I am good at playing chess
Re-Frame Your Words
1. I can't do this. ________________________________________________________
6. I really stink; I'm never trying out again ______________________________________