Try these 7 tips to foster optimism and resilience in your overweight child:
1) Believe in your Children. Assure your children that you are on their side and that you expect them to be the best person that they can be, although you don’t expect them to be the best at anything. No one is perfect.
2) Find other adults who believe in your children. Teachers, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and friends can help you make a positive difference for your overweight child. Other adults that can see beyond the weight and also believe in your child can help your child take control of their lives.
3) Encourage your children to stay interested in activities. Let them know that their interests are valuable and deserve to be developed, whatever it is.
4) Celebrate your children’s winning experiences and help them to accept defeats graciously. Let your child know that you appreciate their efforts and positive attitude win or lose. A positive attitude and effort are more important than victory.
5) Encourage upbeat conversations about the future. Assume they are going to college and thinking about good careers. Let your child know that you believe they are capable of.
6) Be a role model for perseverance. Be sure your children hear you say that some tasks are difficult, but that you are not a quitter.
7) Facilitate family fun and laughter. A family that can joke, laugh, and lightens up their day with humor can help to prevent negativity and tension.