The Steps in Successfully Raising Happy Kids According to Psychology and Science
Every responsible and loving parent wants nothing but the safety and good health of their kids. But as a role model to your young ones, the responsibility doesn’t end in good health and safety from the harm brought by the environment around them. The truth is health and safety are not enough. It also is as equally important to raise them as happy individuals.
Science and psychology are in agreement when it comes to taking specific steps for parents to ensure their kids are happy growing up. While some parents feel like it is more important to instill discipline and strictness in the house, it doesn’t mean that kids no longer have the privilege to be happy about themselves and their life. You must start accepting the fact that kids need to be happy as they grow should you want them to be successful in their adulthood.
So, here are some steps you can try right about now.
1 – You first must learn how to be happy yourself.
You probably already know that being happy is a type of emotion that’s too difficult to fake. This is very true to people who you spend most of your time with. This includes your kids. There are a number of research done in the past that effectively links the depression in mothers to that of negative or bad attitude in children. What this suggests is that for your kids to avoid having behavior issues later in life, then you need to show them a good example of yourself; someone who’s happy in life.
2 – Teach them the value of building relationships.
Kids these days are overly hooked up to their gadgets like iPads and computers. If you’ve been reading a lot, then you probably have come across science articles revealing how gadgets cause depression in kids. But perhaps what is more alarming is that getting them hooked up to gadgets will lead to them losing the opportunity and precious time in socializing with other kids and building relationships in the process. The lack of socialization and friends will lead to an emotionally unhappy kid.
3 – Talk to them about optimism.
You probably consider the phrase, “looking at the bright side” as overrated, but for young ones like you kids, teaching them about optimism is quite important because it leads to happiness. As they grow up, they are expected to feel anxious, stressed, disappointed, or even sad if they encounter failure, separation, and the like. As a parent, you must embrace the job of having to teach your kids how to look at the brighter side of things, because in so doing, you will be able to instill to them the idea that there are better things in life to look forward to.