4 Secrets to Raising Happy Child

As parents, we want our kids to grow up as good people, be able to love and be loved, follow their dreams and find their own success. Mostly, we want our kids to be happy. But how much control do we have over our child’s happiness? What can you do to create a healthy environment for their happiness to flourish? Read on for some ideas that will help strengthen your kids’ capacity to enjoy life.

Foster Connections

One great way to promote lifelong happiness is to help your child feel connected—to you, to the rest of the family members, to people around them and even to pets. Aside from knowing that their family loves and supports them, it’s also important for your child to make connections outside of the family and feel that they belong in the society.

When kids spend time outside with friends and learn the social norms, it allows them to feel like they are part of the world, fostering feeling of content and joy.

Boost His Self-Esteem

Boost your child’s confidence by praising the right things. Perhaps, many of us are guilty for praising our child as Picasso when he scribbles or the next Kobe when he scores a shot. While there’s nothing wrong with these, it can backfire over time.

If this is the only praise you give your child, he might think that if he doesn’t succeed, he’ll fall short and his parents won’t love him anymore. So, instead of praising results, praise the effort, the creativity, the persistence that goes into achieving the result rather than the result itself.

Let Him Experience Success and Failure

It sure is difficult to see our kids struggle, but they will never know the hardships and the thrill unless we let them experience their own failures. Few skills are acquired on the first try, and it is through constant practice they will achieve mastery. And through repetitive execution of mastery they can develop the persistence that they can use in facing future challenges with optimism, which is the foundation of a happy life.

Give Him Responsibilities

Human as we are, we have that natural feeling to want to be needed. So, the more you let your child feel that he is making an important contribution to the family, from an early age, the greater his sense of self-worth is.

As early as three, your child can contribute something meaningful in the family, like refilling pet’s food bowl, setting out napkins for dinner or help watching with her baby sister as you prepare the dinner table. As long as you let them contribute and acknowledge their contribution, it will heighten their confidence, which plays an important role for lasting happiness.

Happiness of your kids depends so much on your efforts to impart and convey the right principles and values. By cultivating an environment that promotes love, gratitude and positivity, it would be easier for your children to find happiness on their own.

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