At Cuddles Childcare Centres, we pride ourselves on having the happiest children in Perth. Our motto of learning through play is a reflection of our commitment to providing a positive and nurturing environment for children. Numerous studies indicate that happy children perform better in school and achieve more as adults.
Here are some tips on how to raise a happy child.
During the first six months, your baby will cry more than smile. This is because your baby knows how to demonstrate distress but isn’t conscious of happiness yet. In other words, you are going to have to provide an appropriate environment but with no feedback upon which to rely.
Your baby may not be able to give you feedback, but there is one fact that has been shown to be true in repeated studies: the single factor that makes your baby the happiest is interacting with you in a positive way. Playing with your baby as often as possible is the best way to ensure happiness at that age. And, yes, your child will be “learning through play.”
Usually between six months and one year of age, your baby will begin to develop better ways to communicate and understand. During the first year or so, your baby will be learning basic skills such as crawling, sitting up, grasping objects, talking and eventually walking.
You should always encourage and support your child in these endeavours, but make sure to allow them to make their own mistakes because that is how they will ultimately learn. In addition, your child learns how to process emotions such as anger and frustration. Eventually, your child will learn how to turn those emotions into achievement and confidence.
As children become more aware of their surroundings, their emotions become more sophisticated. Helping them label emotions such as “happy” or “angry” are helpful. One very important note: don’t ever dismiss your child’s feelings; simply acknowledge them and be present.
The happiest your child will be is when he or she develops a new skill. Whenever your child accomplishes something new, such as writing their name or catching a ball, make sure to praise them.
Ultimately, your presence, patience, praise and love are all your child truly needs to be happy.