It is a universally accepted truth that all parents want to see their child happy in a fruitful sense. When parents say that they are extremely concerned about the well-being of their child; that well-being is universally intact and cut across gender, income, ethnicity and all social situations. You can find myriads of tips on how to raise “smart kids” and “successful kids” but do you know what it takes to raise happy kids?
Sometimes it is hard to balance what’s best for children and what makes them happy and here I believe parents are confronted with the most significant challenge ever. They will sort through mountains of complex and conflicting social scenarios. Fulfilling all your child’s wishes for the sake of your unconditional love is not a wise approach. Later on, it is most probable that parents have only themselves to blame for what too much love has done to their child.
Here are these seven tips to help you raise a child in a happy, safe and a positive environment that is infused with inspiration, wonder, and joy.
Starting with the parents themselves:
Children are the reflection of their parents. When they are in a fetal form, their physical and mental development is directly related to the social situations that are exposed to their parents.
Babies may sense their mothers’ psychological state. So happy moms give birth to happy, peaceful kids. Besides, the child’s upbringing also depends on the fact that parents deeply reflect on their behavior and become models for behavior they want to see in their children.
If they maintain a harmonious relationship with each other and their teachings hold values to their child, their children will reflect the same attributes in their lives. Happier kids stand a higher chance to become successful and socially confident in both their personal and professional lives.
Reading out loud to your kids:
Reading out to your children is one of the easiest and lasting gift of happiness that you can give your child. It involves your utmost attention and caring for your child which is something they need the most in their childhood.
Storytelling is something that strengthens your bond with their children. By cuddling the toddlers and reading out stories from books or by yourself, you take your child miles away from the immediate world which is unhappy. By telling a story that concludes with a meaningful message you can inculcate positive qualities in your child. Moreover reading out to our child enhances their verbal proficiency as they learn new words and phrases and gets acquainted with the language. By listening to the actively try to formulate the new words, they hear into phrases and gradually sentences.
Playing with your child:
Children should always be the number one priorities in our lives and parents should mold their lives and dedicate the majority of their times in accordance to their child’s need.
Run about in parks, reflect on nature, clean the little tricycle with him or her, visit the zoo; make the child break a sweat for once. A few bruises gathered while playing will teach children more about life and the fact that these happy fleeting moments will be something they will hold on to for the rest of their lives. If your child gets injured while playing outside, you can use a reliable telemedicine platform to consult your GP about the best ‘immediate’ treatment.
Cooking and having meals is a blob of glue that binds treasured family moments and age-long traditions. It signals a break from the hustle and bustle of life so that we can all enjoy and hold on to a happy company of our family. But more than that allowing your child to help in the kitchen instill in them the feeling of responsibility and importance. They feel proud and happy to announce, “I peeled the potatoes for the pie” or “I wiped the cream for the souffle.” During this time the child is mostly close to his parent, and it gives them the opportunity to talk and teach them.
Nurture the feeling of gratefulness in your child:
Instilling feelings of gratitude and recognition for most of the things that are taken granted for is something that fosters happiness optimism and a sense of hope in our children. By telling your child that every small entity around them is a blessing, we can encourage them to make a journal for the benefits they get every day. As they will fill in the journals their interests, they will indeed view their lives in a happy, confident manner. Habitual gratitude will foster all kinds of positive emotions, and it can lead to lasting happiness
Teaching them to be helpful and kind:
Encourage your child to be the helping hand for those in need. Once they would realize the immense satisfaction and joy in reaching out to people, caring and showing compassion will become one of their good habits. Helping in small things such as sharing their lunch or painting a house or book sharing will lead to great charity works in their future lives.
Also, teach your kids how being kind can help them in the long run.
Sing to your child:
Singing imparts a feeling of love and affection between the parent and child. The solace and joy the child finds in his or her mother’s soft, soothing lullaby are incomparable to any song in the world. The child snuggles in the warm enclosure of his mother’s melodies and feels a sense of protection there.
In conclusion, we want our kids to grow up and follow their dreams. These seven tips will make us realize that happy and optimistic kids are the product of happy, hopeful homes.