Saturday, February 09, 2013

Ways to Raise Happy and Contented Kids

Parenthood is very hard. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to raise happy children. Happy children often grow up to become happy adults. Below are some tips for raising content children.

Tell Your Children That You Love Them Every Day
Love is one of the most important things that a parent can give to a child. That is why "I love you" is something that you need to say to your child every day. You should also give your child a hug every day.

Discipline Them
One of the ways that you can show your children that you love them is by teaching them right from wrong. That is the whole purpose of discipline. A small child may have a crying fit after he or she is disciplined. However, children need and want their parents to set limits. Discipline gives your child a sense of security.

When you are disciplining your children, you need to make sure that it is done in a firm and loving manner. You also need to make sure that the discipline is appropriate for the child's age.

Listen to Them
Many parents want to do all of the talking. Even though you are the authoritarian, you still want to listen to what your children have to say. When you listen to your child, they become more comfortable with telling you things. Communication is especially important if your children are teenagers.

Encourage Them to Be Independent
Your children will not be with you all the time. They will grow up, leave the nest and start a life of their own. Your main job as a parent is to prepare your children for the real world. If your children start becoming independent at a young age, then it will be much easier for them to get adjusted to being on their own.

Spend Time with Them
Today, both parents and children are very busy. However, you should always make time for your children. One of the best ways to maintain a good relationship with your children is to spend time with them.

Every parent wants his or her child to grow up happy. Telling your children that you love them, disciplining them, listening to them and encouraging independence are some of the keys to raising a happy child. You also need to make sure that you spend plenty of time with them.

Author's Bio: This informational article about responsible parenthood was written by Iris Pulga, a mom to two adorable little girls, ages 7 and 1 for Follow her parenting journey through her Twitter account: irispulga*.