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Teach Your Kids the Real Key to Happiness

When you ask parents what they want for their children, a common word that often comes up is “happiness”. The problem with happiness is that we don’t often know what makes us happy. Some of us think it’s money, and others think it’s recognition. More and more, we’re beginning to see that it isn’t either of those.Continue reading “Teach Your Kids the Real Key to Happiness”

The Real Reason Why Kids Should Do Housework

Encouraging kids to help out with the housework has often been linked to increasing their responsibility, but here’s an even better reason for getting them involved in domestic chores. If improved mental health is a goal, cleaning the house helps. A large-scale survey in Europe found an inverse association between housework and psychological distress. –Continue reading “The Real Reason Why Kids Should Do Housework”

The Difficulty with Raising Happiness

Ask any parent and most of them will tell you that they want to raise happy children. In a world plagued with teenage depression and suicide (the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds in the US), it’s not a wonder that we’re desperate to make sure our children are growing up happy. It isContinue reading “The Difficulty with Raising Happiness”

Raising Happiness – Are You Giving Happiness or Teaching Happiness to Your Child?

There is a post I wrote some time back about wanting to raise “happy, confident and successful” children. Since writing that post, a great many number of things have happened that have made me reconsider one aspect of that desire – the part about raising “happy” children. I haven’t changed my stance. Of course IContinue reading “Raising Happiness – Are You Giving Happiness or Teaching Happiness to Your Child?”

10 Ways to Raise Happy Kids

If you want to know how to raise happier children, there is an excellent overview article on Time: How to Raise Happy Kids: 10 Steps Backed by Science. Get Happy Yourself – because happy parent = happy kids Proven ways to being happy 10 Mindful Minutes – Giving Our Children–and Ourselves–the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce StressContinue reading “10 Ways to Raise Happy Kids”

Learning Through Experience: How do you Teach Your Child to Put Others Before Himself?

Some time back, I wrote about wanting to raise children who are happy, confident and successful. On the Figur8 home page, this brief statement was extrapolated to express what we hope to achieve in raising our children. Since reading “The Parents We Mean to Be” by Richard Weissbourd, I have realised that there needs to beContinue reading “Learning Through Experience: How do you Teach Your Child to Put Others Before Himself?”