Following up on our blog post for parents about infusing more “happy” into their every day, we have ideas on how to do the same for little ones.
We often hear parents saying their biggest wishes for their children are that they are happy and safe. What parent doesn’t wonder if they do enough to make their child feel protected, valuable and loved?
We’re talking about emotional development. We rejoice over first steps and first words – physical and cognitive development, yet emotion is constant, so how do we gauge status… or progress? While there may not be an easy answer to that question, there are easy ways to provide opportunities for strong emotional growth that will set your child on the right path to lifelong happiness.
If you’re happy and you know it
Be a role model for happiness. This is especially important when it comes to personal outlooks on life. Parents who display optimism are more likely to have children who are optimistic.
Love your child and show them all of the affection that you have for them. It’s important to hug your child, cuddle them, read to them and talk with them throughout the day about what’s going on in their life.
Encourage your child
It’s important for children to try new things and being an encouraging parent is great motivation. Work with your child to see what their true capabilities are. Show appreciation and show them how happy you are with how far they’ve come.
When children have the opportunity to play with other children their own age, they are able to build relationships and start understanding the basics of friendship. Work with your child to help them explore the world and learn about the people in it. When doing this with your child, be sure to model generous acts and kind behaviors so they learn the same behaviors.
Show your feelings
When it comes to your child, it’s important to let them see you when you are both happy and sad. This helps your child to develop empathy for others and let them know they are entitled to their emotions.
When it comes to your child, it’s important to establish daily routines with them. This helps your child feel confident and secure because they begin to understand time management and organization. It’s important to stick to these routines so that they become predictable but be sure to add room for flexibility as needed.
It’s important to recognize your child’s feelings. Be sure to spend time with them to talk to them about how they are feeling and explain why they are feeling that way. Make sure to comfort her when she is sad; making sure to hold her and speak softly and calmly to show you’re there.
It’s a wonderful feeling knowing you’ve done all you can to keep your child happy safe. At Apple Montessori Schools, we’re proud to do our part as well. With 15 schools in northern and central New Jersey, Apple Montessori Schools help nurture emotional, social and academic growth in infant, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten and elementary age children. To learn more about us or to schedule a tour, please visit us online at www.AppleMontessoriSchools.com.