“I’m going to have a nice day just to spite some people.” This is an amazing quote written by Jimmy Willis, a student in library science. It demonstrates the power we all have over the direction our day and even better our lives take. When you wake up and you just don’t feel like it, does your mood influence your teen’s mood? Does it show them an example of how you can be in the middle of a crisis and still have a good and even great day?
It is very important that as parents you model for your teen how to look at the positive side of things. Their ability to get through difficult situations is depending on this skill. A good example is that co-worker that always seems to have some new crisis to discuss. If you think about it, do you run to this person’s cubby when you arrive Monday morning, or do you avoid them like the plague? I am betting you avoid them. They’re a downer! I mean, It’s bad enough it’s Monday.
When you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, or your morning seems off to a bad start, show your teen how to put these mishaps in perspective. After all, whatever happens, if you are in the very privileged position of living another day that someone else wasn’t able to have, how bad can the day be really? I’m just sayin.’