What is the theory behind this Challenging negative thoughts for kids worksheet?
When we criticize our own selves and are focusing only on the negative sides of things then negative self talk occurs. Children who tend to give themselves pessimistic remarks cause greater damage to their mental health. Since negative self-talk causes hindrance for individuals in completing a task or achieving a goal, this starts working as a self fulfilling prophecy, further giving evidence of the things they say about themselves.
How will the worksheet help?
Through this worksheet, clients will be able to identify their thought patterns and also challenge them on the basis of real life past experience. This will help them in forming positive, more optimistic statements about themselves.
How to use this worksheet?
fill in the boxes with the negative statements you say and believe about yourself. Then with the help of the questions below find out how realistic are your thoughts and form more accurate positive statements.
Challenging negative thoughts for kids worksheet
Positive alternative statements
(come here after challenging negative thoughts below)
Greenland, S. K. (2010). The mindful child: How to help your kid manage stress and become happier, Kinder, and more compassionate. Free Press.
Lindsay, W. and Kasprowicz, M. (1987), Challenging negative cognitions: developing confidence in adults by means of cognitive behaviour therapy. Journal of the British Institute of Mental Handicap (APEX), 15: 159-162. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-3156.1987.tb00428.x
You can download this worksheet here.