Giving your kids happy, healthy childhoods could set them up for success in life. But many parents wonder, how exactly do you raise happy kids in today’s world?
Raising happy kids isn’t about giving them momentary pleasure or immediate gratification. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Happy kids have a skill set that allows them to enjoy long-term happiness in life. They’re able to pass up instant gratification in an effort to reach their goals.
You can help your kids develop those skills by adopting healthy, lifelong habits. Here are 10 ways to raise happy kids.
- Encourage Outdoor Play. Don’t underestimate the power of outdoor play.
- Limit Screen Time.
- Practice Gratitude.
- Have High Expectations—But Not Too High.
- Teach Self-Control.
- Assign Chores.
- Eat Dinner Together.
- Avoid Overindulging Your Children.
- Exercise as a family.
- Help Other People.
Keep in mind that kids don’t need to be happy all the time. In fact, they need to experience uncomfortable emotions too, like sadness, anger, fear, and disappointment.
There’s no need to cheer your kids up or take action when they’re experiencing uncomfortable emotions. Instead, coach them through it and help them find ways to soothe themselves and cope with their feelings.