- One good thing you did. (“I shared my cookies with my brother.”)
- One good thing someone else did. (“Cindy walked with me to the nurse’s office when I wasn’t feeling well.”)
- One good thing. (“We played dodgeball in gym class today.”)
Going through The Goods once a day (with your kids) helps you (and your kids) maintain a positive outlook on life. It helps us consistently search out the good things in our lives instead of the negatives.
But sometimes what your child may think is a “Good” is actually not: the absence of a negative is not a good. Why? Because it keeps the focus on the negative and not the good. For instance:
- “I don’t have homework tonight” is not a suitable “Good”.
- “School was canceled today for a snow day!”
- “My English teacher was sick so we had a substitute and did not do anything in class today!”
- “My math teacher didn’t call on me.”
- “I didn’t have a pop quiz like I thought I would.”
- “I didn’t punch my sister.”
Goods look more like:
- “I have a lot of free time tonight! I’m going to read a book” (in our dreams…).
- “We had a snow day and I played outside with my siblings!”
- “And I made a snowman!”
- “I did well on my math quiz!”
- “I dominated my pop quiz.”
- “My sister and I played cards when we got home from school and had a really fun time.”
Good luck finding The Real Goods!