September 5, 2019
With four kids, I find myself in the car a lot driving them to and from activities. We use this time to talk about the day and teaching moments seem to pop up on their own while we are driving around.
Yesterday, a neighbor had sent me security footage from someone down the street who had their car broken into the night before. She asked us to share this and to lock our doors. I thanked her for the update and then was ready to move on.
I have been parking my car in the driveway recently because our garage is full of stuff, but honestly there is nothing in my car worth stealing unless they want trash.
My daughter asked me what I was looking at and I told her. She then sent it to her friend across the street and that’s when the teaching moment arrived.
This is how mass hysteria is started. People see one thing, freak out and send the message off into the world. Like predicted her friend started asking a lot of questions and I finally told my daughter not to feed into her anxiety.
I got to teach my daughter three things yesterday:
- A car getting broken into is not the worst thing in the world (as long as no one gets hurt). Material possessions can be replaced.
- Like attracts like and bad attracts more bad. Meaning that the more she and her friend talk about this, the more likely it is to happen.
- Flip a negative situation around and start focusing on the good things that are happening.
Yesterday was my birthday and the last thing I wanted to do was to see something like this. I’m usually pretty clueless when it comes to news around town, the country or the world because I am in control of what I choose to see. I like to view the positive and not get sucked into the negativity floating around.
Are you able to turn a negative situation into a positive one?