Ways to Raise Your Child into a Happy Teen
Are you looking for ways to raise your child into a happy teen? we all want our kids to grow up happy dont we?
Ask someone what they want in life, and the answers might differ, but in the end, it can all be chalked down to one thing- happiness. That’s all we really want in life- isn’t it? Our children today, sadly, are born into a highly competitive world, and finding happiness in the middle of it all can be a task.
So here’s what you, as a parent, can do to raise your child into a teen who’s content and happy. Read on…
When you’re determined to look at the bright side of things, the world can sure become a happy place to live in. Infact, optimism is so closely related to happiness that the two can sure have an equal sign between them. Train your kid to look at the silver lining when things go wrong, and help him look at the positives instead of dwelling over the negatives.
Studies have found that optimists tend to perform well academically and at work, have better marriages and social relationships and live longer and healthier lives. Need we say more?
Set Realistic Standards
A lot of us are guilty of setting unrealistic expectations from our kids, and we often end up disappointed. But that’s not all- it affects our kids more than we can imagine- it lowers their self esteem and makes them question their abilities, and it can all affect their personality as they grow up. Make sure you offer support, encouragement and praise to your kid when he needs it, and even when he fails at something.
Practising gratitude on a daily basis can have a profound effect on the mind, and if it can do that to an adult mind, imagine the impact it can have on a child’s tender mind. Make it a daily practise to list down or say aloud at least 5 things that you’re thankful for, and get your kid to do the same too, even if it feels forced sometimes.
Make Home a Loving Place
Having a happy and loving environment at home is one of the best ways to make sure your child grows up into a happy teen. Choose a healthy parenting style, and for the most part, try to be easy and flexible with your little one, without focusing too much over excellence when it comes to academics. Remind yourself that your child is so much more than how much he scores in his math paper.
Offer More Playtime
Yes, you read that right. Kids are after all, kids, and for them, playtime is happiness. And guess what? Studies have found that when kids immerse themselves in play, their brain activity is similar to that of when adults practise mindfulness. Allow your little one to enjoy unstructured playtime often- it’ll boost his creativity, spark joy and will help him enjoy and be in the moment- all of which is crucial to experiencing happiness.
Keep it Fun
From studying and learning to well, playing- rig your kid’s environment for happiness. Let him explore everything he wants to, and discover all that the world has, without you monitoring him all the time. Limit his time on social media and in front of the television and encourage him to experience more of the real world- that’s what truly offers happiness.
Encourage Goal Chasing
As your little one grows, encourage him to set goals for himself, and chase them. There’s a different kind of passion and courage that comes with taking this step, and once your child experiences it, there’s no going back. He’ll actually feel motivated and enthusiastic, and will grow up into a teen that’s happy too!
I hope you have found this list of ways to raise your child into a happy teen to be helpful.
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