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Family Quotes

"In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past, a bridge to our future."
Alex Haley

"Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."
Arundhati Roy

"A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it."
Aldous Huxley

"Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground."
Francis Bacon

"Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements."
Elizabeth II

"Optimism is a belief that you deserve good things."
Elizabeth Owen



Optimistic Families

As children we have learnt from our parents how to respond and act (Warschaw, 1995). Many of the ways that we deal with situations can be traced back to how our parents responded to such things as:

Families are mentors to their children, so it is important that each family member is aware of how they respond and take action. Having strong problem-solving skills and confidence in achieving the best possible outcomes is an important ingredient in any family.

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Are You Optimistic?

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Connect with your child

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Connect with your Community

Finally, bring a sense of humour and lightness to each situation. Keep it simple, learn, laugh and connect.

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Share Success

Create situations where your child will experience positive outcomes from their actions. Help them understand the importance of setting realistic goals, and creating strategies to achieve positive outcomes.

Help children adjust to new situations and issues as they arise. Show them that distractions and diversions from original goals and plans are natural and constant re-evaluation is normal. Again, perspective is most important.

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Optimism Test

Are you an optimism? Do you see the glass as being half-empty, or half-full? Have a go at the popular Life Orientation Test (Scheier & Carver, 1984). On a scale of 0 (extreme pessimism) to 24 (extreme optimism), how do you rate?

On average, most people score a rating of 15 - this being slightly optimistic.

Click here to download the worksheet (pdf)

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