Happy Children

The happiness of your children is very important as it has direct impact on their physical and mental development. This happiness is not about occasional thrills, but is a deliberate approach to fill your child with objective joy that helps their growth and development. This state of mind will impact on his/her academic achievements and relationships with others around the child. The following tips will help you raise children who are consistently cheerful and excited about life and living. 

*Love him unconditionally –  The genuine love that children enjoy from their parents keeps their self-esteem cup brimming. Parents need to always love and affirm their children when they are on track and correct them lovingly when they are not. Being gracious with your children will keep them confident and cheerful.

 *Develop interest in activities that are important to the child. –  When you give attention to the things that are important to your children, they get a certain degree of approval which makes them happy and want to continue doing what is right. When your children know that they are making progress in pleasant activities which are done with your approval, they are excited. Make deliberate efforts to plan your schedule to participate in their special events at school, spend weekends and prime time with them. Be familiar with the games and TV programs that catch their fancy. 

*Love their friends –  Healthy friendships are very crucial to the growth and development of your child. The natural tendency for parents is to be edgy with the kind of friends that their children keep. The accurate approach is to ensure that you teach your child right and wrong issues that are prevalent in society and they will then be able to choose the kind of friends that embrace the positive values that you have exposed them to. When your child eventually chooses good friends, love them as passionate as you love your own child, because your child needs you to. 

*Discipline them objectively – Loving your children does not mean you do not chastise them when they go wrong. The proper approach is to be dispassionate about the discipline issue. It’s not a good idea to shout at your child because of a minor offence. This might lead him to withdraw into his shell and the relay effect is intense sadness. Let your child know the basis for the discipline measure you are administering to him. 

*Model cheerful disposition to life – Children learn a lot more from what their parents do than what they say. Let them see how you handle difficult situations in a graceful and hopeful manner. Smiles and pleasantries are a vital part of life. 

Happy children come from cheerful parents; you therefore need to develop happiness in your own lifestyle before you can cultivate it in your own children.