Tips to Raise a Happy Child

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One of the things that all parents wish for their child is happiness. Research shows that it is easier for happy people to be successful compared to unhappy people. The happier an individual is, the higher the possibility that he or she will pursue his or her passion, try out new things, make more friends and achieve success. Here are some tips you can use to raise a happy child.

BE HAPPY YOURSELF

This may sound strange, and you may say that you are concerned about your child’s happiness and not your own, but this is important. Your child learns most things from you because you are their first role model. Therefore, if you are happy, you will teach your child to be happy too. It is time to get selfish and find your happiness. Go out with friends, dance, listen to music, go on an adventure and do things that make you happy and let your child see you laughing because you are happy.

SHOW YOUR CHILD HOW TO FOSTER CONNECTIONS

We find ourselves developing relationships throughout our lives, and these relationships are happy. The unfortunate thing is that parents do not teach their children how they should relate to other people.

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health took time to research on this topic, and they studied approximately 90,000 teenagers. Results of the study showed that the individuals who feel loved and feel a connection to others have significantly low chances of becoming emotionally stressed. Life can be hard, and when that happens, your child can get through and continue to be happy if he or she has strong relationships to rely on.

ALLOW BOTH SUCCESS & FAILURE

This may sound absurd because every child wants his child to be successful. However, the reality is that there are ups and downs in life and so your child will succeed in some things and fail at others. Allow your child to try new things, and their self-esteem will improve when they finally master it. Don’t come in to help them when they fail as much as you will want to. Let them figure it out, and they will be happy when they succeed.

For example, if your child is learning to walk or to feed themselves, they will fail a couple of times. Give them room to master it and you will see how happy they will be and that’s the approach they’ll take in life even when they grow up.

ENCOURAGE CREATIVE PLAY

One thing that is common with all children is that they love to play. Play helps their brain to develop. Through play, children learn creativity, communication and how to solve problems. Kids express their emotions during play, and this is vital in relieving stress. Also, playtime is a fun time, and fun is essential for one’s happiness.

You no longer have to stress about your child’s happiness. Apply these tips, and you’ll be on your way to raising a child with higher chances of being happy both in the present and in the future.

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How to Teach a Toddler to Share

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We were taught from an early age that ‘sharing is caring.’ We know that we are supposed to share what we have with other people, and every person would like to share easily.

However, the reality is that sharing is hard, even for adults. Therefore, you can imagine how harder it must be for children who do not understand why they have to give their toys to other children to play with or why they need to share their delicious snacks and cookies. We see this all the time at our Kenosha daycare.

However, hope is not lost. These are some tips you can apply.

Start as Soon as Possible

It is never too soon to teach your child adaptive skills or about sharing. Start as soon as you can. Start now because there is nothing to wait for. Provided your child is old enough to grasp something, use it as a learning moment. Let him or her hold the object then ask him to pass it to you then give it back to him and ask him for it again, and the cycle continues. Your child will understand that it’s important to take turns to have something.

Act as an Example

What you do will stick in a child’s mind better than what you tell them. Therefore, you need to share if you want a toddler to know how to share too.

An example of how you can go about this is by telling your child to share your couch with you, and then you can have fun cuddling.

You can buy an ice-cream and then give them some.

Better still, you can share with other people who are not your family members. Your child will also spire to do what you do. While doing these things, it is vital to slip in the word ‘sharing’ so he can know what you are doing.

Don’t Punish a Toddler for not Sharing

It may be frustrating when you see that your child doesn’t want to share with others. However, this doesn’t mean that he’ll grow up to be a selfish human being. It just means that he’s a child at that moment.

It can sometimes take multiple years to truly understand what sharing is so let them act their age. This does not mean that you should encourage them. The best thing is to tell them you are disappointed with their decision of not sharing and that it makes you sad to know that they don’t want to share.

Don’t make a fuss out of it. Part of being a parent is learning to ignore some struggles. No child wants to make his parents feel sad and disappointed. Therefore, your child will find a way of correcting their behavior. The next time you might be surprised to see them sharing without you asking him to.

Praise Your Child After Sharing

When your child shares something with someone else, make it a learning moment. Praise him or her for it and not just general praises like telling him that he is a good boy but the kind of praise that shows him what he did great.

For example, you can ask them if they noticed the big smile their friend had when they gave them a particular toy. You can then tell your child that sharing his toy with his friend, made his friend happy.