Staying Positive

This skill is all about individuals being equipped to manage their emotions effectively and being able to remain motivated, and ultimately to motivate others, even when facing setbacks.

The early steps focus on identifying emotions – particularly feeling positive or negative. Building off that is the ability to keep trying – and then staying calm, thinking about what went wrong, and trying to cheer up and encourage others.

The focus then turns to identifying new opportunities in difficult situations, sharing those, and adapting or creating plans accordingly. At more advanced steps, individuals identify and manage risks and gains in opportunities.

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Help Your Child to Stay Positive

Read this story about the skill of Staying Positive together. Listen out for times when characters feel happy or sad and discuss if they are positive or negative emotions.

When you have finished the story, talk about:

  • What happened in the story?
  • What went wrong for Bill?
  • How did he feel when something went wrong? Was it a positive or negative emotion?