Raising a Happy Child Means Setting Good Example
Raising a happy child is a significant part of giving the best. Making sure your child’s needs are addressed, instead of finding them during the process, is an important step. The rest of the life of your child will be spent relating to him like this. The principal theme for a happy child is praise.
In the first place, he should be nurtured in a way where his needs are met. For your child, it will probably be necessary for you to take a few extra days, at least, during winter vacations to provide emotional and physical care. A little extra attention will be required at home, as well as in the community, which may necessitate a change of daily routines.
As you increase your childcare support, you will notice your son or daughter grow more free, and enjoy it.
Praise Your Child for Good Behavior
Be sure to praise your child when he exhibits good behavior. It will go down a treat for him. It will start a chain reaction of good behavior; the thought of all his good deeds will motivate him.
The bright-eyed smiling child is no more; he is now a curious, confident and self-assured child. Let your child know that you support his thoughts and actions, even if they may be too extreme or confusing for you. Positive reinforcement will create positive attitudes from your child.
Acknowledge the Challenges in Life
If your child has encountered several issues, praise him for displaying resilience in the face of adversity. When the child is faced with a challenge, he may find it hard to rally himself. Remind him of his strength and ability to overcome obstacles, which can inspire him and give him a purpose for his dreams.
As a parent, you need to set an example to give the child a sense of accomplishment. If he fails or makes a mistake, remind him that he is lucky he survived the situation. This will give him a sense of empowerment and self-confidence.
Limit Sense of Self-Discipline
It is important to learn how to be a better parent. If you continuously make mistakes when caring for your child, it will take a toll on him. He will sense your lack of self-discipline and become more sensitive to it. His feelings will drive a wedge between you.
Don’t Be Intolerant of Your Child’s Emotions
Let your child express his feelings freely, but only if you are certain that your child is the person who initiated the communication. Without the child’s permission, you will not take responsibility for any actions that he brings. It is important to remember that you are a human being, too. You should try to understand your son or daughter’s feelings, instead of just reacting to them.
Persist Through the Hard times
The world of work and life is challenging. Life will be filled with endless ups and downs, and if you let it, you will be crucified in the end. If you let your child face the same emotions as you have, he will learn to cope. While your child may be upset now and then, you should not discard your role as a parent and give up. If you are able to do this, you will have successfully shaped your child’s life.
The Father Steps Back
Our “best mother” recently revealed that she kicked off her pregnancy against the wishes of her father. She and her baby are alive, and despite their adversity, she and her son are living proof that a happy child comes from a happy mom.
*This is excerpted from the richly woven article by Valverde Crocker. It contains information derived from extensive work with parents and children, exploring different kinds of family dynamics, and advising families on how to make healthy choices in child-rearing.