6 Ways to Create Happy Successful Kids
If you want to make your kids happier, there are all kinds of things you can do to make this happen. How happy your kids are usually has a lot to do with whether they are happy adults or not, so it’s in your best interests to take the following steps if you want to raise healthy, happy, well rounded adults. Take a look below and you’ll get a better idea of what you can do to make your kids happier.
Ensure You’re Consistent In Everything You Say and DoKids notice when you say you’re going to do something and then you don’t do it. They might not say anything to you, but they notice, and you become unreliable in their heads. You must be consistent in absolutely everything you say, whether you’re making a promise for the distant future or simply talking about taking them somewhere after school later that day. Kids remember more than you think. It’s important no matter what, but it’s especially important if you’re a single parent, as they will need stability more than ever.
Communicate ClearlyHow you communicate is crucial, as you are teaching your children how to communicate as you do it. You need to make sure you’re not playing the blame game, and that you’re being logical whenever you communicate. Communication is one of the most common things to break down relationships–including not only your relationship with your child, but your marriage. Side note: Keep in mind your child watches and understands far more than you realize. Your relationships are examples of the relationships your child will have in the future. Don’t teach them too early about the need for an attorney specializes in family law. 😳
Make Yourself Stress-Free and HappyKids also notice if you’re unhappy and full of stress. It makes them unhappy and stresses them out. They are unlikely to show it though, as they don’t want to stress you out further or make you even more unhappy. Always work on yourself, taking time to care for yourself and sort out your emotions, and know while you’re doing so that you’re doing something amazing for your kids, too.
Expect Effort, Not PerfectionMake sure that you expect effort from your kids, not perfection. This can set up some damaging habits and feelings for them in the long run. Ensure you’re praising the right things.
Teach OptimismOptimistic people tend to suffer less from things like depression, and they tend to do better at school, too. There’s nothing wrong with an optimistic outlook, and it doesn’t mean they aren’t realistic. It just means they are going to be happier! Teach gratitude daily and make sure you practice this yourself too.
Don’t Force Your Child to Be HappyAlthough you want to teach optimism, you can’t force your child to be happy. If they are sad, you don’t want to buy them treats to stop the tears or go above and beyond, cartwheeling all over the house to make them smile. If you do this, they’ll think they must suppress their real feelings. Feeling negative emotions is normal from time to time. Ultimately, it’s up to your child to build a life and and be the person they choose to be, but you are the role model for their future self. Set your child up for happiness and success by teaching them key life skills.
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