How to Build a Foundation for a Happy Child
There are tons of resources online for you to learn how to raise smart and successful kids. But oftentimes, as parents, all we want is for our children to grow up happy and healthy. Interestingly enough, happier kids are more likely to turn into successful, accomplished adults. Research also shows that the quality of the early relationship builds the foundation for virtually every aspect of human development. Fortunately, happiness is a learned behaviour. Today, we explore 6 tips on how to build a foundation to raise a happy child!
YOU have to be happy too!
Emotional problems in parents are linked to emotional problems in their children. Simply put, how happy you are affects how happy your kids are. This is not merely due to genetics; laughter literally is contagious! Take some time off each week to do something that makes you happy. It could be anything, like going shopping, or gardening!
Have family celebrations often
Happy families celebrate big and small wins and achievements. It could be the first day of school, a job promotion, or an improved grade. A simple celebration such as going to the playground to play together to celebrate is enough. Otherwise, you can also plan a family meal to celebrate an achievement, big or small! Remember, happy families lead to happy children!
Teach your child to build meaningful relationships
Having strong relationships is vital for children’s psychological well-being and happiness. Teach your child to build such meaningful and lasting relationships by:
· Responding appropriately to you child’s emotional cues
· Creating an environment for their children to form friendships
· Teaching them to resolve conflicts
· Encouraging you child to perform small acts of kindness to build empathy
Praise effort, not perfection
Reward your child when he/she puts in the effort to do something. If you only reward perfection, your child may pay attention to the small details that went wrong in everything that he/she does! Teach them to be positive and focus on the big picture and on the things that went right!
Ensure that your child gets enough sleep
Children who do not get enough sleep are less able to manage their emotions. To help your children get enough sleep, establish a consistent bedtime routine and limit stimulating activities after dinner. You can also make your children’s bedroom as quiet and dark as possible, to improve their sleep quality!
Allow more play time
When children play, they are fully enjoying the present moment. In other words, they are practicing mindfulness. Playtime that is free and unstructured, such as running around in the playground, playing hide-and-seek or building blocks, is good for your child’s mental well-being. Switch the iPad out for an hour of playtime around your neighbourhood!
Happy environment, happy child
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of things you have to look out for in order to build the foundation for a happy child. Placing your child in a happy environment, such as an infant care is a great option. The tailored curriculum and well-trained professional caregivers would be dedicated to build your child’s foundation to happiness!
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