HAPPY CHILD – HAPPY PARENTS
By Sally Forrest
7 November 2016
They say that an apple does not drop far from the tree, and this is true for happy children.
A happy, positive and optimistic child will come from a home that demonstrates these traits.
The home is where the foundations are put down and where the first teachings of a child begin.
If you find that your child is going through phases of unhappiness, then first reflect on what is happening in the home environment.
Moving home, relationship issues with your spouse, sickness, loss of a pet .... All of these affect the energies of your home and its occupants.
Before you become concerned about the child, first reflect on the home environment and energies. How much laughter is in the home? Is the home a relaxed one or is everyone on edge all the time?
Fix the home and the child will change.
So how do you build a home conducive to happiness?
Here are a few tips and guidelines :
1) Have a family Mission
What do you as a family value and want from life?
Include every family member, each one will contribute and then you agree the mission to ensure accountability and buy in.
2) Live in a home of gratitude.
Show gratitude for all the great things in life.
• You have a home to live in.
• You have good health.
• You have clean water to drink and good food to eat.
• You live in a safe environment.
The list is endless. Make it into a daily ritual of counting your blessings, a technique we teach to all students at SoulKids® and SoulCentre®.
3) Team work.
Teach teamwork from a young age. Allocate roles and responsibilities to each member of the family and explain that by each person doing their part, the team succeeds.
Reward success when the team achieves results.
For example – at dinner time one role is to set the table, another is to cook the food, another is to serve the food, another is to wash the dishes ….
If all the roles are completed happily and smoothly each day, then the reward is a family movie together at the weekend.
4) Allow success and failure, and praise the right things.
Children need to learn success as well as failure. Both are vital for us to grow, expand and learn. Praise is given when behaviors and achievements are positive and constructive coaching given when things fall short.
5) Remember that children learn by watching.
Become a role model for your children. Continue to learn and grow and to be the best that you can be. Be aware of the words you speak and the actions you take.
Make sure you are happy with life as this is the best example a child can have to be happy themselves.
SoulKids® offers life lessons for children that bring out happiness and success.
SoulKids® Mentor Training is for parents and adults to learn tools and techniques that enable you to support yourself and your child.
We are here to help and support you, so please do connect with us.
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