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Child Health Chat, Issue #007 -- Raising Happy Children
November 13, 2012

Striving For A Happy Childhood


Happy Children’s Day!
This day is here to remind us that Happy Children make the universe happy.

Happy childhood not only contributes to healthy well adjusted happy children and youths, but also adults who are able to withstand the stumbles on the path of life with a smile.

We all strive for happy children, but are our children happy? What is amiss? Why are there so many adults who are unable to stand up to challenges of adulthood?

The article for the month is here: What It Takes to Raise Happy Children?
You of course know what goes in child parenting!

Relax and enjoy!

Table of Contents


What It Takes to Raise Happy Children?

Concept of School Readiness

Child Health News

Effects of Lack of Sleep on Child Health

Contraceptive for Teens

Pearls From The Forums

Growth Pattern in Children

Teach Children Their Body Is Their Own

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What It Takes To Raise Happy Children?

Hard work? - Nope.
Lots of toys? - Nope.
Good clothes? - Nope.
Expensive holidays? - Nope.

Then what makes children happy?
• Relax and help your children to relax too.
• Enjoy your children and let them enjoy their childhood.
• Instill contentment and self worth rather than grades and achievements.
• Give a realistic picture of life with happiness and affection of togetherness.
I would rather have my child is happy than be worldly successful and stressed all the time. Come, let's help children towards lifelong happiness:

Small daily achievements:

Let children face challenges, falter, get up and achieve. Do not make them lame by being their walking stick that they fear to stand for themselves.
Feeling of dependence hurts.

Over appreciation kills motivation:

Most parenting books recommend that children should be appreciated for their achievements. Yes they should, but over enthusiastic parents and family friends unknowingly admire smart children so much that they feel paralyzed to take up new challenges.

Studies show that the children who are made to feel clever and smart loose motivation to take up new challenges for the fear of loosing the pedestal they are already bestowed.

Allow compassion:

Compassion is the other name for being able to give; giving in its all forms - consideration, thought, love, care and gifts. Children who do not learn to give are indifferent towards others feelings; parents, friends and subordinates all included. They are nice only to authorities and from whom they can take.

Non compassionate children grow up to be unhappy adults; unhappy if they have to give in any form, and wanting has no end. Desires are never satisfied and unsatisfied desires breed only unhappiness.

Don’t hold children back; give them the liberty to feel compassionate towards their peer on playground, people in their environment and pets in their care.

Encourage but do not push:

Let children determine their own limitations. Be there, but offer help only when asked for; until then do not interfere. Let children sharpen their own skills to overcome the hurdles.

When parents solve things for children to make it easy for them, they do not realize that they have bruised their self-concept – a big price to pay for temporary comfort zone.

Do not criticize; neither self nor the others:

Parenting practices are often influenced by parents’ guilt feeling. Do not rub your guilt on children. Parents’ stress easily percolates to children.

Challenges appropriate for the age are good for childhood development, but unresolved stress leaves undesirable impact on child’s personality development. What do I mean by “challenges appropriate for age”?

Challenges that are naturally generated in the environment of a child are the natural appropriate challenges for the age. The environment and associated challenges of childhood are dynamic; changing constantly depending on child’s growth and development.

Unrealistic challenges imposed by ambitious parents have made childhood a constant struggle.

Children need some time for fun and relaxation:

Enthusiastic parents in effort of provide the best push children to chronic exhaustion: Classes and coaching leave neither time nor the energy for fun with friends.

Do not compare; respect individuality:

Today’s parents are in a race competition, where the runners are their children; striving hard to meet their parents demands beside the usual demands of childhood development. The competition is not only set up with the same age peers, but also with older siblings, cousins and family friends. No win situations are set and children are put at the grind.

Unrealistic challenges cause stress, exhaustion and bruise children’s self-esteem for life. Children lose self-concept and learn to copy others. Thereby they make themselves miserable. Respect each child's individuality. Each child is unique in his/herself.

Concept of School Readiness

In name of play school, parents are lured into sending their children to a school even when children are neither physically nor emotionally ready to leave secure familiar environment of home. What these tiny children feel about it: Happy or abandoned at risk of being abused? Read to know.

News on Child Health

Effects of Lack of Sleep on Child Health
The tendency to develop type 2 diabetes in childhood is a recent phenomenon; noticed only over last 20 years. A recent study has correlated it to lack of sleep among healthy high school children. Read the details.

Contraceptive for Teens
Is use of intrauterine device safe birth control method for teenagers?
Yes, IUD is safe and efficient birth control method that for girls with no previous pregnancy. It does not increase the risk of infertility.

Click to read the full article.

Pearls From The Forums

Growth Pattern in Children
Find factors that affect height gain and how to differentiate abnormal from normal growth pattern for your child. Click here to read the article.

Teach Children Their Body Is Their Own
Prevent lasting effects of abusive trauma by making children aware of their body parts. Educate them from an early age that some parts of their body are private and are for no one else to see or touch.
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