As parents, we want only the best for our children and topping the list is a happy, healthy, well-adjusted little person.
Signs your child is happy
We talked to child development experts to learn some simple ways you can tell if your child is happy.
According to Kumari Ghafoor-Davis, MSW, a social worker and a parent coach and founder of Optimistic Expectations and Dr. Fran Walfish, leading child, teen, parent and family psychotherapist and author in Beverly Hills, California, there are simple ways you can tell your child is happy:
Incidentally, these are signs of happiness for parents too.
It's important to remember that no one is happy all of the time. There are times when your child will feel disappointed, sad or angry. As their parent you need to equip your child with coping skills to deal with disappointments and hurts.
Simple ways to ensure you know your child’s concerns:
According to Jennifer Little, Ph.D., founder or Parents Teach Kids, a child who is not happy is one who faces many challenges with trepidation and/or fear. Little explains that the child may seem sullen or serious and stern. A unhappy child often has few friends, many fears and poor relationships with authority figures as well as peers. The child could be bullied, or he could be a bully himself. Little says that the unhappy child will often demonstrate aggression, either directly (verbally and/or physically) or passively (resisting engaging with others or following directions, withdrawing, etc.).
Raising a happy child is hard work, but it is something that can be done. As long as you focus on the needs of your child and ensure you are doing all you can to meet them, you will have a healthy and happy child.
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