How to Raise an Optimistic Kid in a Pessimistic World

Dr. Michele Borba

Let’s face it: kids with pessimistic attitudes are among the most frustrating breeds. They give up easily, believe anything they do won’t make a difference, and assume they won’t succeed. Sadly, they rarely see the good, wonderful things of life. They dwell on the negative, bad parts of life, and often find only the inadequacies in themselves:

“I’m so dumb, why study?” “Nobody’s going to like me, why bother?” “What’s the point? I’ll fail.”

Beware: a pessimistic trend amongst today’s youth is increasing. A child today is ten times more likely to be seriously depressed compared to a child born in the first third of this century.

So what’s a parent to do? Read More