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All parents strive to raise healthy, successful, smart kids. Yet, all of these factors are very dependent on one other important one – that the child is happy. It’s not without reason that emphasis on emotional health and intelligence has gained a lot of ground in recent years. Here are 10 ways to raise happy kids:

1. Take good care of yourself.

To be able to assume the responsibility of another human being all round the clock is hard. The only way we can make it easier is to take care of ourselves. Identify physical and emotional triggers that can make you lose it. A healthy mind is in a healthy body is the key phrase here.

2. Be consistent with discipline.

Kids may seem like that are rebelling against rules. However, experts agree that they are actually grateful for a structure and rules in their lives. Being consistent with house rules and consequences gives them the much-needed sense of stability and helps them make better decisions.

3. Focus on the effort.

Lose the limelight on the result and focus on the effort they put in. The objective of a good education is not a good score on a test. It is about honing the ability to create a goal and sticking to it through several factors- even demotivators. This, in other words, is called developing the “growth mindset.”

4. Keep the communication on top of your priority list.

Several teenagers report that the real reason for depression is the “communication gap” between generations. More and more teenagers are reporting depression and suicidal tendencies because nobody “gets them”. However, teenagers cannot be expected to connect with their parents when they are in the throes of hormones and intense emotions. The channel has to be established from very early on.

5. Be optimistic…

When children see parents consistently project a positive attitude, it becomes the natural thing for them. Plus, communication becomes so much easier in a positive environment. Avoid complaining about your boring jobs or your high rentals too much in the presence of the kids. Take an effort to reinforce optimism.

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