January 2nd, 2019

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now[…]

‘Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry, be happy[…]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.


Would you call yourself an optimist or a pessimist? Do you think that your “glass half-full” or “glass half-empty” personality came to you naturally or do you think it was a quality you absorbed from others growing up? Child development specialist Anita Cleare thinks optimism is a positive trait that is learned and should be taught to children by parents:


The most important things parents can do to instill a positive outlook on life, Cleare says, is to be a good role model:


Teaching children how to “interpret failure as an opportunity” to learn and do better the next time will help them manage adversity in positive and constructive ways. (In other words, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”) And instead of setting goals for their children, parents should allow kids to envision and set their own goals:


It’s a big world out there; our kids will need a bright outlook to make it a better place for themselves. Besides, no one likes a pickle-puss:


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    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Dr. Ketyer has special interests in developmental pediatrics and preventative medicine, specifically how nutrition and the environment affect health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

    As one of the founding physicians of Pediatric Alliance, PC, Dr. Ketyer served as its president from 1997-2004. He has been practicing general pediatrics at Pediatric Alliance since 1990. Dr. Ketyer and his wife have three boys and live in Pittsburgh's South Hills. 

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