As parents, we understand that simple, little things can make our children exceedingly happy. In fact, their glee over the tiny things in life is one of the ways we derive happiness from our relationship with them. When your child squeals because a butterfly landed on her finger, we’re reminded of the wonder of the world and our own childhood days.
But how do we make that happiness stick? How do we create a truly happy child? Use these five tips to raise happy children.
1. Be physical.
Physical activities (like sports and exercise) not only improve your children’s bodies, but they can improve grades and even their attitude. It isn’t necessary for your child to be a star athlete to reap the benefits. Encourage your children to play movement-intensive games and join team sports. Root for them as hard as you can.
2. Stay positive.
Children pick up on our attitudes, emotions, and behaviors. If you often complain, mope, and fret, your children will too. By changing your attitude and living a more positive life, your whole family will follow suit. Wish everyone a “good morning” and “have a nice day.” Use polite manners and be genuinely interested when they talk to you.
3. Learn to let go.
You aren’t helping your child by hovering nearby all the time. As your children age they, will be able to do more things by themselves and often times won’t want you near. If your toddler wants to wash his hand without your help, let him. Watch him from afar, but leave him to his independence. Children with parents who police their every move are less confident and open to new experiences.
4. Mind your partner.
Don’t let your relationship with your significant other falter after you have a child. It’s important to nurture that relationship like you did before a baby came into the picture. Parents who suffer from marital instability (arguing, tension, or considering divorce) can pass those negative feeling and emotions on to their children.
5. Nobody is perfect.
You aren’t perfect and your children won’t be either. It’s important to keep that in mind. Don’t torture yourself and your child with an impossibly high standard. If you feel that your child has to be the best at the cello, have the nicest manners, or perform the best in school, you will drive him/her and yourself crazy. If you can ignore the pressure society puts on us and raise your kids to be happy and healthy, then you’ve done your job as a parent.
Written by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap
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