What Makes a Child Happy

The upbringing of a child is a process that requires utmost care, love, and concern so that the child
stays happy and contented at all stages of his life. It is the upbringing that decides how the life and future of life shape up. When unhappiness persists in a child, it may eventually lead to mental and emotional disorders, due to which there are high chances of the child falling into depression. Hence, it is essential to ensure that a child remains happy while he grows up so that it would result in the child being a better individual with strong moral and emotional values when he grows up. Generally, when any parent is asked about what they expect from their child, their answer would be simple. They always want their children to be happy throughout their
lives and this is what every parent strives for.

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Thus, as per various studies and findings on child behavior and mindset, here are a few tips about what makes a child happy and what measures a parent can take, to make sure that a child stays happy and the upbringing of the child would be a smooth and love-filled sail.

Ultimately, a child’s mind and feelings are like blank pages and all the happenings around the child is what form the book of their life! Thus, it is all about the atmosphere you create and the input you subject your child to that
would make or break them! Listed below are a few tips that would aid you in ensuring your child’s happiness.

  1. Nurture your existing Relationship
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The bonding between you and your child should be a quality one, where both appreciate the company of each other. Make the child feel connected to you due to which the child feels how it is to feel loved, wanted,
understood, and cared for by a loved one and establish a loving and valuable relationship. Due to this, a child would be able to understand the importance and value of healthy relationships, thereby increasing his mental and emotional quotient to high levels. In the long run, your child would be able to build quality relationships with others and have strong connections. This is precisely the basis for a healthy and lovely married life for your child. They would learn about the aspects that are essential to maintaining a healthy relationship with everyone around them and how happy they can be if they have healthy relationships with everyone. The child would grow into an individual filled with love, care, and compassion towards others, which would bring in a sense of happiness from within the child.

  1. Support your child towards building strong relationships

When you have a healthy bond with your child, the child would know about how valuable and good it has a quality relationship. Also, the child would start getting acquainted with friends, relatives, etc. Encourage
your child to be good to them and value everyone. This would help the child have an improved relationship with them, and as they grow up, they would start understanding how important relationships are and how to maintain them in the long run. Your child would never fall out of a company and would also learn to empathize with others, thereby giving the child an increased ability to manage relationships right from the start. Ultimately, it is all about the emphasis of the child to recognize the emotions of others and understand them, which would make them be empathetic and build strong and concrete relationships with everyone around them. Relationships are the judging factor that would determine how happy a child can be. It is not about the academic progress of your child that counts. There is no point if the child is successful but not happy.

  1. Help your child Empathize

Empathizing involves acknowledgment by your child towards the understanding that other people have different feelings and it is important for the child to understand that the emotions of other individuals vary based on the situation they are in. A child should understand that the varied mindsets different individuals have may result in them having different emotions. The child should know the different emotions an individual might undergo and must realize how it feels to be indifferent to emotional mindsets. This would help the child empathize to a great extent. When the child empathizes, it supports a concrete foundation for having strong relationships with others. The understanding level of the child improves, along with the ability to respond to various situations, without the child losing peace and happiness.

  1. Teach them to value relationships

Your child should realize the value of relationships and should take adequate steps to make sure that they sustain healthy relationships. Once a child knows the value of relationships and people, they will
be happy with people around them, and their lives will appear to be happy and jovial. Thus, make sure that your children know how important relationships are, and about how important the feelings of others are. A child would then value everyone around and build better relationships with the people they feel comfortable with.

By following the above-mentioned tips, your child will have a robust self-consciousness and understanding,
which would make them stay happy at all times. Also, the child would work towards instilling quality into relationships, which would make the child content and happy. When you follow all the tips and work accordingly, it will result in your child growing up into a better individual who values relationships and thereby, be strong from within and attract happiness. It is never about what material things you have provided your child with. All that the child would need is happiness from within and ways to stay happy immaterial of where the child is or what situation he or she is in.

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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.