If you ask any parent what they want for their child, most of them will say “to be happy”. It’s just part of being a parent, we all want our children to live happy lives and do great things. Unfortunately kids don’t come with a manual, it would be so much easier if they did. What we do have though is each other to lean on for tips and advice. Today we share some tips for raising happier children. After all wanting whats best for our children is one thing all of us parents have in common.
How To Raise Happier Children
1. Actions speak louder then words
It’s not just what we say, it’s how we live life day to day. Don’t tell your children how to live, live and let them watch you. If you are always complaining, if you are giving up on your dreams, if you don’t give your life 100% how can you expect your children too? Our children are always watching. This is probably the hardest thing about being a parent, because its not what we say, it’s what we do. Being a parent means we have to try harder and be more even when we don’t feel we have it in us. Being a parent means we must be who we want them to be. Show up how you would expect them to show up. Work how you would want them to work. Dream how you expect them to dream.
Our children are the greatest gifts life will ever give us, and also the greatest responsibility. Spend time with them, and teach them how to believe in themselves by believing in yourself first. When you are on your death bed nothing else you will have done will have mattered this much.
2. Teach Your Children To Practice Gratitude
It has been proven that children who learn to practice gratitude are happier, more optimistic, and healthier. When we count our blessings, we stop the cycle of negative and fearful thoughts. Research shows that when we are thankful, we love our lives and want to make sure we stick around long enough to enjoy them. Also, when we receive praise from others, our brain releases the chemical dopamine, which encourages us to do more to receive such praise. This makes us want to thank others and make them feel good as well.
Dr. Robert Emmons is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He conducted studies involving gratitude journals and found that when people regularly engage in gratitude, they experience measurable psychological, physical, and interpersonal benefits.
3. Reduce Your Stress Level
This is easier said then done, but what our children need most is for their parents to be happier and less stressed. Taking care of family is not aways easy, and sometimes if we are not careful we can get lost in it all. We can work so hard to give our kids a better life that it can also become a stressful life. Don’t forget what they need most, and that is you. They need happy parents, parents who are taking care of themselves.
In the book called The Secrets of Happy Families a survey was done amongst 1,000 families where children were asked “If you were granted one wish about your parents, what would it be?” The parents in the book assumed their children would say something about spending more time with them. But they were wrong. The children’s number one wish was that their parents were less tired and less stressed. They wanted their parent’s household to be a less stressful place to live.
The book also goes on to show various studies proving that households with parents under a lot of stress weakens children’s brains, depletes their immune systems, and increases their risk of other unhealthy mental and physical ailments.
4. Be Happy Yourself
When it comes down to it, our children don’t need much. They need our love, they need to be cared for, and they need our example. It’s hard to give our children something that we haven’t found ourselves. This is why it is important to make time for yourself, do the things that you love, and allow yourself to fully follow after your dreams and play big. Our kids won’t do what we say, but they will do what we do. If want our children to live happy lives, and do great things it starts with us doing it first. Show your child all that life has to offer by living life yourself. This is the greatest gift you can ever give your child.
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