Raising happy children

“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.”~ Everett Koop

How do we help our children become happy and healthy adults while promoting well being, positivity, and connection as they are growing up and facing the joys and challenges of life.

1– Spend Time with Deep Connection: Take the time to play, listen, and engage in sharing feelings and communication to let them know that you value them, their opinions, and their importance in your life.

2–Discipline/ Catch Them Being Good: It is crucial to discipline the bad behavior, explaining that the behavior is not acceptable, not the child as an individual. Take notice when they are doing something good, and give positive praise without them looking for the recognition.

3– Give Specific Praise: Praise specific actions and don’t give general praise. Children will feel a sense of accomplishment when they know what they are being praised for specifically.

4– Positive Role Modeling: Children watch every move we make as adults and learn to follow the same patterns, whether positive or negative. Live and love the way you wish your child to be.

5– Support and celebrate Uniqueness: Everyone is unique in God’s eyes. Celebrate what your child brings to the family and let them know you appreciate their special qualities.

6–Negative labels: Be careful of labels you give in passing, such as shy or rebellious. Children will live up to or down to our expectations of them, and quickly assume those identities.

7– Success in the Face of Failure: Give credit for success in every instance. Teach them to accept failure as a learning tool and help them look for opportunities on how to improve.

8– Appropriate Sense of Power: Allow them to fulfill certain duties . make decisions and try to solve problems on their own, giving them praise for attempting and accomplishing tasks.

The role of a parent is to promote the well being and help the child learn, grow, assimilate and live a happy and fulfilling life.

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6 Responses to Raising happy children

  1. E. Ayers says:

    Great advice. You should consider writing a book, HAVING HAPPY CHILDREN, A Common Sense Approach to Being a Good Parent, by author and mother Mona Risk.

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  2. Carol says:

    I second E.’s response. Wonderful post, Mona.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Joan Reeves says:

    Your post should be required reading for parents. Good one, Mona.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ginaarditoauthor says:

    It’s never too late to start. Even grandparents can benefit from these words of wisdom. Thanks, Mona!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. leighmorgan1 says:

    That deep connection lives forever in their hearts and in ours. Thanks, Mona!


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