We all want our little ones to grow up happy. Here are some positive suggestions to help yours do just that. Read our top 5 happiness boosters and get started today …
1. Encourage your child to be optimistic and help them learn to deal with disappointment
Help your child to look on the positive side by behaving that way yourself. Use positive talk and try to avoid negative expressions . Participate in celebrations and family events and build excitement and anticipation with your children..give them something to look forward to.
As with anything, setbacks will happen…when this happens offer support and comfort and encourage your little one to try again.
2. Teach your child how to get along with others
Not only is this important during childhood but will stand him in good stead right into adulthood. Help you toddler to develop empathy by discussing feelings and teach him how to take turns, share and play co-operatively with other children. At first you will have to model this behaviour, but you’ll be surprised how quickly children follow suit.
3. Build self confidence and self esteem
Help your child to adopt a “can-do” attitude. You can do this by praising often and by giving positive attention to their play. Encourage her to try to do things for herself and when she succeeds, praise, praise, praise. This will develop independence and will also make your tot realise that she can rely on herself for some things and feel proud of her accomplishments. This is a great way to develop emotional intelligence (EQ).
4. Show unconditional love
It is vital to show your child love through hugs, kisses and gentle contact. Have fun together, respond to her needs and encourage her inherent enthusiasm. This builds emotional well being that lasts.
5. Good, Clear communication
Make the time to listen to your child when he wants to talk. Encourage talking in a positive respectful way within your family unit and discuss feelings and behaviour. Help your child to explain how he feels by supporting his developing speech. Being able to express his feelings are vital skills for a happier life.
In short, if we do our best to raise emotionally balanced, happy children, we can make a difference not only to our own family life but to the society we live in.
Author: Carla aka The ToddleBabe
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I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.