Happiness is the road to a healthy life. A happy child is a
healthy child with oodles of confidence and sense of security. Children today
are stressed out. Parents have a responsibility to keep their child happy. Here
are some tips on raising happy children.
Happiness is the key to balanced behaviour and self-confidence in children. For parents, happiness is also about well being, health, and the sense of security children derive from being part of the family.
This article is not about how to keep your children happy; it's about how you can contribute to creating the right conditions in which your children will flourish and confidently assume their place in the world.
You can look for these top ten indicators of a happy child:
Persistence in problem-solving
Confidence in self expression
Open mindedness about new experiences
Tips on raising happychildren
Live and let laugh
Kids need to enjoy their
childhood; so refrain from planning out every minute of their day. Let
them have their own time to spend as they like. However, set limits and
then leave them free to do their own thing within those limits. Children will then learn to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
That means Rest and Relaxation for your kids. Restless children
often exhaust themselves to sleep and are unable to focus on any single
activity. This can hamper their development. Take an afternoon nap with
your child or read out from his favourite book to help him relax and
Happy not perfect!
Do not confuse happiness
with perfection. This will only bring feelings of anxiety in your child
and disappointment to you. He may not always get good grades and she
may not always clean her room when told to. There is no need to expect children to be obedient angels.
Serve a good diet
Make sure your growing children
get their vital portions of vitamins and proteins in their diet.
Incorrect dietary habits and poor nutrition can lead to exhaustion and
passive behaviour in children.
It's ok to give in to their junk food demands occasionally. Let them
order a pizza or two on the weekends but make sure that when it comes
to proper nutrition, there is no substitute for ghar ka khaana (home cooked food).
One way to do this is to expose them to a
diverse range of cultural experiences. Make sure they know the
difference between jazz and classical music. Give them music lessons if
they show an inclination towards enjoying music. Take them out to the
latest animated films. Talk to them about the story, what they learnt
or enjoyed the most.
Listen to their hearts
When a child asks for something (a
toy, a sweet, etc.) in a stubborn and impolite manner, this is probably
because he is unhappy with his situation. This is really the time to
intervene and find out what is really wrong. Simply satisfying
immediate demands will only aggravate this kind of behaviour in the long run.
Stress on independence
Minimise dependence. Let your children handle their own problems as far as possible. This will encourage confidentbehaviour and communicate a clear sense of responsibility to your children. Independent children are more likely to adapt to new circumstances and people and master unfamiliar situations by themselves.
The great outdoors
Curiosity and openness cannot be fostered only in classrooms. Taking your children
out to museums, aquariums, and parks for picnics is a vital part of
their education. There are many things they can touch, use, and ask
questions about under your supervision. Make this a regular feature in
their lives-something they can look forward to on weekends. Encourage
them to join their class on field trips going outside the city.
Manners and discipline
Rules about manners and discipline need to be consistent and clear. Contradictory demands will only confuse your children
and keep them constantly insecure about their capacities. Let them take
charge of the rules. This will give them a sense of right and wrong
when going about their daily activities.
Happy Parents Make Happy Kids
It is important that you yourself have mastered the skill of being happy. Children learn by example. If you are happy yourself, you would create the right kind of ambience for your children to pick up the skill.
To be happy
yourself, you would need to make yourself a priority. Take breaks for
yourself. Find time for friendships. Set time aside to strengthen your
bond with your spouse. Schedule some time together away from the kids.
Make it happen. If a long night out isn't possible, at least try for a
regular hour here and there.
Don't give up
Inspire your children
to dream their dreams, no matter how big they may seem. Teach them not
to give up on their problems: whether it is a difficult mathematical
equation or a sports endeavour that seems impossible to win. Let them
learn to enjoy the pursuit. Don't discourage their peculiarities and
interests. Allow their personalities to flourish fully.
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How important is happiness for you and your family? Do you think there are better values that need to be stressed? Are there any parenting secrets you would like to share with us? We would love to hear from you.
I liked this article a lot. I was never a happy child infact I remember being unhappy most of the time. My dad had an addiction and even though he was affectionate my mom and dad always fought. My mom...
hey...happiness is a state of mind man...nothing to do with inheritance etc. The most you can do is maintain a pleasant environment at home so that children are not affected by it...
don mind..bt i hp you inlaws hv nt crckd too many jokes at hubby' s expense......