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5 Ways To Raise An Optimist

June 28, 2018

5 Ways To Raise An Optimist

In today’s fast-paced world, we are seeing a large decrease in human interactions and empathy. Alongside that, the pervasive rise of social media, is ushering in an increase in narcissism compounded by lower self-esteem.

Especially in our kids.

So the question is, how can we raise well-adjusted, optimistic, happier kids.

The first thing we need to do is define optimism.

Most people believe that being optimistic is always seeing the positive. To my mind though, "optimism" has a more functional definition. I see an "optimist" as someone who holds two essential beliefs:

  1. Their problems (which they have just like everyone) are temporary;
  2. Their personal actions can either lesson or alleviate these problems.

To me, optimists have a positive attitude and see setbacks as temporary, while pessimists see them as permanent and of their own doing - which we know can be a hallmark of depression.

The good news is that we now know that the mind is like a muscle, it is elastic and we have the ability to reshape it at a neural level. Obviously genetics play a role and some minds are harder to train than others and some issues are beyond simple jedi mind-tricks but still, for the most part, there are some specific exercises we can do to train our mind-muscle to be more optimistic. It should also be noted that these apply to children and adults so do them together!

 

1. Meditation & Mindfulness

Teach your child the simple practices of meditation and mindfulness. You don't have to be a meditation expert to teach your child to simply breathe and focus on their breath for five minutes a day. Because sometimes that's all it takes to decrease stress and anxiety levels and help your child learn a sense of self-control and self-regulation - important factors for increased optimism.

 

2. Stay Active

Daily exercise or physical activity helps your child release endorphins, which are our natural way to increase happiness! And if you can combine the activity with some goal-setting, you will be helping them create a sense of self-mastery and achievement. This will then naturally spill into other areas of their life.

 

3. Kindness

People who are kind to others with both purpose and mindfulness, have better mental health due to their increased self-esteem and generally more positive mood. Therefore, teaching you child to actively decide to do something kind, act on that idea and see the result, helps them to build empathy and a sense of control over their world - something that is short supply.

 

4. Be Grateful

One of my favourite daily habits is to write down one thing I am grateful for before I start my day. Being able to name your sources of gratitude allows your brain to boost positive moods. With children, it is usually easiest to make the task an interative, group experience. Go around the dinner table and have everyone state one thing that makes them grateful and why. Not only does it allow us to understand ourselves better, but you will learn a lot about the people around you.

 

5. Gather Happiness

Similarly to the above, I also keep a daily happiness journal in which I name something that makes me happy. When you have to do it every day, you soon have to dig deep and as you do, you realise how much of life is all about the little moments that make up every day.

 

Teach your kids to breathe, appreciate, understand and give.

And try it yourself! :)





Size Guide & Guarantee

 

Based on averages, we believe that a "Size 2" should actually fit your child from when they are two to when they are three.  However, we do appreciate that not all children are built the same and so in the spirit of helping you make an informed choice, have included our manufacturing size guide below.

Having said that, we also appreciate that buying clothes online can be difficult and even if you measure your kids according to the chart, sometimes things just don't fit right.

 

Therefore, we offer all our customers, the right to return items from their first order in order to exchange them for different sizes at no charge. Simply contact us and we will be more than happy to help you out. 

 

 

Clothing Size Guide:

(in cms)

6m

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Chest

48

50

52

54

56

58

60

63

66

69

71

Waist

50

51

52

53

54

55

56

58

60

62

64

Hip

54

56

58

60

62

64

66

69

72

75

78

Height

76

80

89

98

107

114

120

126

132

138

144

Leg

35

38

44

50

57

62

66

70

74

78

82

 

Plae Shoes Size Guide:

All sizes published on our website are US sizes. Make sure to refer to the below shoe size conversion chart if you have any questions about your child’s foot length and the corresponding size in AU, European, or UK sizing.

We know how challenging it is to get the right fit, that’s why we’ve designed a simple process you can use at home. Print out our PLAE FIT KIT and try it out. 

US Size EU Size UK Size AU Size Inches Cms
6 22 5 5.5 5.5 14
7 23 6 6 5.7 14.5
8 24 7 7 5.9 15
9 25 8 8 6.1 15.5
9.5 26 8.5 8.5 6.3 16
10 27 9 9 6.5 16.5
11 28 10 10 6.7 17
12 29 1 11 6.9 17.5
12.5 30 11.5 12 7.1 18
13 31 12 12.5 7.3 18.5
1 32 13 13 7.5 19
2 33 1 1 7.9 20
2.5  34 1.5 2 8.1 20.5
3.5 35 2.5 3 8.5 21.5
4 36 3.5 3.5 8.9 22.5

 

Wellies Size Guide:

In order to ensure correct size for your feet, we have measured the internal length of each insole of each Wellington boot as shown in the table below. Please measure one of your insoles that currently fit your foot length, and match it to our measurement, to find your correct size. We have found that this is the most efficient way, as shoe sizes and measurements vary between manufacturers.

AU Size EU Size Insole Measurement cm
1 19 12.5 cm
2 20 13.5 cm
3 21 14 cm
4 22 14.5 cm
5 23 15.5 cm
6 24 16 cm
7 25 16.5 cm
8 26 17 cm
9 27 17.5 cm
10 28 18.5 cm
11 29 19 cm
12 30 19.5 cm
13 31 20 cm
1 32 21 cm
2 33 22 cm
3 34 23 cm
4 35 23.5 cm

 

Please note: while all care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this information and the final result, the processes of manufacturing (marking, cutting, sewing and finishing) mean that some variances will occur.

 

If you have any questions regarding sizing, please feel free to contact us using the form below.