We’re assuming the role of our kids’ friends, teachers, playmates and even their punching bag everyday! We adults are justifiably going through turmoil emotionally but our kids have the short end of the stick. They’re holed up at home, bubbling with energy and confused with our jumbled instructions. How can we make them emotionally happy?
I’ve always been an expressive mother and love talking to my children. Right from pillow fights and board games to working out together and loads of family hugs, we’re a closely knit unit. I was raised in a healthy and secure environment and aspire to do the same for my own. Emotionally happy children are self-assured, independent and any parent’s dream, right?
My parenting technique is a mish-mash of knowledge borrowed from my parents and elders, books and discussions with friends, amongst other things. I’m sharing few tips today on how to make sure your child is emotionally happy in India. Hope you find them useful.
Make them accept their emotions
Children can’t always fully comprehend it but they feel emotions more intensely than we do. Negative emotions can creep in at any unguarded moment and find a permanent place in their hearts and minds. Fear for securing lesser marks in exams, guilt over breaking your expensive china, or jealousy for a sibling can make them lie or drive them away. Communicate with them that you love them despite everything. It is alright to feel sad but certainly not to dwell over it.
Gently introduce them to life
When life throws lemons at us, we’re prepared to make lemonade. Sadly, children aren’t. Welcome their interpretations but let them know that life can be unfair but is beautiful.
Set a positive example
Happy homes have emotionally happy kids. Interpersonal relationships between spouses, in-laws and other family members mould children’s faith in family. Children who observe their parents sharing the load, regarding each other with dignity and treating each other as equal will respect others too. Actions speak louder than words, hence practice what you preach.
Shower them with treats
Appreciate your children and show your love for them by giving them a yummy treat every now and then. PediaSure, with its amazing benefits, is children’s favourite everyday treat and a mom’s best friend. It is an excellent source of 37 vitamins and minerals which are proven to help kids grow. The key nutrients in it aid in muscle and bone growth, support immunity. Most of all, it is tasty and available in different flavours too. Killing two birds with one stone, anyone?
While we attach significance to physical health, emotional health of children is just as important. Let us create a safe haven for them where they can dream of flying yet have their feet on the ground. Isn’t that what we parents are for?
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