You can teach children to see incidents in which it's not clear whether or not there was intent in a positive way.
CHOOSING A POSITIVE EXPLANATION
So in that first survey, parents decided for themselves which explanations they would provide. In the second survey, the parents received an instruction from the researchers: one group was told to give their children positive explanations to the stories. The other group was not allowed to give any explanation: they could only describe the story. “This second survey showed that the children from that first group interpreted less negatively themselves. That means that parents can teach children to see incidents in which it's not clear whether or not there was intent in a positive way.”
NOT EVERYTHING POSITIVE
Of course, the Utrecht-based researcher indicates that she does not intend to always see everything in a positive way. “No, there are some cases in which a pre-schooler actually does knock down a tower on purpose. Naturally, a pre-schooler can be corrected in such a case. But the point is that you, as a parent, can teach your child that by far not everything happens on purpose.”
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