More often than not, parents find themselves at a loss on how to properly raise their kids. After all, there’s no tried-and-tested, concrete guide to parenting. If such a guide existed, spats between parents and kids wouldn’t exist, and many households would truly enjoy peace and harmony.
However, the reality is that there are no set rules or quick solutions for parenting dilemmas. Raising happy kids is definitely no easy task. Most of the time, parents have to depend on their own judgements, cross their fingers, and hope they’re doing the right thing. If you’re a parent and you’re feeling a little lost, here are a few secrets to raising happy kids.
Encourage your child’s curiosity.
All children experience a desire to explore their environment as they grow up. Indulge this desire whenever you can. Sure, it’s easier to put toddlers in cribs or playpens rather than have them walking around the house with you in tow. However, allowing them to experience their environment through interaction is essential for their full physical and mental development.
In most cases, it doesn’t take much effort on your part to let your toddler do some exploring. Take your child with you when you do chores, so he or she can hear and see different scenes around the neighborhood. Have your pre-schooler help you out with the groceries, by allowing him to count the groceries you put in your cart. Activities such as these give your child the confidence to deal with new situations he or she will be exposed to in the future.
Get to know your child.
Giving birth to your child isn’t a guarantee that you’ll immediately know every facet of his or her character. You have to make an effort to really get to know your child, especially as he or she approaches school age. Your child may be developing some sides of his or her personality that you don’t know about.
Knowing your child’s temperament is also useful. According to child development experts, everyone has unique temperaments. We have our own ways of responding to situations that aren’t familiar to us. These temperaments become apparent as early as the first few months of infanthood. By knowing your child’s temperament, you can adjust your discipline and motivational styles accordingly, improving the chances of an easygoing, happy childhood.