Parents always have good intentions when it comes to their children and try to promote happiness with experiences that can delight them. However, experts say that it is also important to teach children how to create and sustain their own happiness. As a parent, you do not need a child psychology degree to know what to say to ensure that you raise happy children.Things to Say to Raise Happy Children
Here are some of the best phrases that you can use to make sure that your child grows up to be happy as well as independent:
- “I need to think about that”
- “Let us find something good about this situation”
- “How do you feel about that?”
When your child asks you a question, you probably say the first thing that pops into your head. This is a mistake as it can make you regret what you said and frustrate your child. It is best to ask your child to give you time to think about the question as it will show him that it is important to think about things before answering a question or doing something.
When your child is disappointed by something, say a canceled playdate, allow him to be upset about it. Once he is calm, sit down with him and say, “Let’s find something good about what just happened”. With this approach you can teach him to be positive, help him to adapt situations and find good things about different situations.
Instead of praising your child when he accomplishes something, ask him how he feels about what he just did. It is an effective way to encourage him to think about what satisfies him, instead of just the end results. This will also work in circumstances that upset him.