A happy child brings joy to the entire household. Follow these 4 tips to nurture happiness in your child!
Cultivate happiness in your children and nurture a positive outlook in them, here are 4 tips to get started today!
Schedule child-centered time
Everyday, spend at least 5 minutes with your child and play. Give your undivided attention and keep away from all distractions. Remember, it is just 5 minutes so provide your full face-to-face attention. Let your child lead the playtime and do what your child wants to do, not what you want to do. Make it child-centered. It sounds simple enough but for many parents, this is a difficult task to do. Give it a try, and if you have multiple kids, spend time individually with each one!
Adopt a middle-ground approach
Do not be the parent who is like a helicopter, someone who is always hovering around your child, or like a snow-plough, always rescuing the child before something bad happens. It may be hard but it is important to let your kids make mistakes and learn from them. Help them to realize there is a lot of conflict and struggle in life, and there are always consequences for everything that they do. Try adopting a middle-ground approach to parenting, staying just far enough to encourage the autonomy of the child but also pick him or her up if a child is floundering.
Praise action instead of result
When offering praises, focus on the action that produced a positive result than the result itself. For example, if a child gets a high score on a test, praise the effort given in studying instead of intelligence, which is inherent in the child. Praising inherent traits can make a child self-conscious, which may lead to unwanted complexes. It is better to make a comment on the end result because the child has more control of that.
There is a strong link between happiness and gratitude so practice it on a daily basis with your children. Teach them to be thankful for everything they have, not just material things, but also other important ones like the bed they sleep in or having the opportunity to have better meals daily. This will broaden their perspective and let them appreciate what they have more! The act of being grateful in itself cannot be taught but when you create opportunities for it and allow your child to be more conscious of the enormity of things to be grateful for, then the virtue will get planted and it will grow.