Ways to Successfully Raise a Happy Child

happy children playingEveryone wants to raise a happy and content child. But sometimes it’s not as easy as you hear others tell you or you see on TV.

So here’s a list of 20 different things that if you really try to do as often as possible, will really help boost your effectiveness of raising happy children. They’re not hard, you just need to be mindful of them.

 

  1. Always praise your children for their accomplishments.  You are the first person they will always seek approval from no matter what age they are.
  2. Respect them as a person, they have feelings and thoughts of their own, they may not have the same interests as you do and that is fine.  They are an individual, with their own likes and dislikes.
  3. Kiss and hug them everyday, always tell them how much you love them and how happy you are that they are in your lives.
  4. Give them comfort when they are sad, you are the person they will seek comfort from first and foremost.
  5. Laugh with them, enjoy and take delight in their silliness.  They are children and they look at the world a whole lot differently then you do.
  6. Take interest in what they are interested in.
  7. Take time for them, if you have a busy schedule, set aside a time that is just for them.
  8. Read to them every night.
  9. Tell them about your family history, they will always be interested in who they are and where they came from.
  10. Let their Grandparents spoil them, that is what Grandparents are suppose to do.  Let your children delight in the fact that Grandma and Grandpa are coming over for a visit.
  11. Never be afraid to ask your parents for advice, don’t forget they have been in the same situation, after all they raised you.
  12. When it comes to discipline, be fair but firm.
  13. Never belittle your children, it lowers their self esteem.
  14. Always accept sticky kisses, in fact insist on them.
  15. Let them have lots of sleepovers.
  16. Have a family night at least once a week. Whether it is a game or movie it will bring you closer together.
  17. Teach them the value of a good education.
  18. Let them put on a show for you, kids love to play act in front of their parents.
  19. Let them help you around the house, let them cook, fix things, show them what interests you.
  20. Most importantly give them 3 hugs a day!

 

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