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The Raising Happy Kids

The Science of Raising Happy Kids Created by happify Science-based activities & games for a happier, healthier life at THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING NURTURING 10% larger Kids with nurturing moms have bigger brains. A study found that preschoolers with nurturing, supportive moms have a 10% larger hippocampus (the part of the brain that handles stress and memory) by the time they get to school age. LOVE FROM DAD MATTERS One study found that feeling loved by Dad was even more important for kids' wellbeing, happiness and life satisfaction than feeling loved by Mom. The Most Effective Dads Hey dad! Rules Listen to Have a close Set appropriate Give freedom when their kids relationship with them rules it makes sense The Dangers of Rejection When kids feel rejected or unloved by their parents, they're more likely to be hostile, aggressive, and emotionally unstable. YOUR HAPPINESS MATTERS A mom's satisfaction with her life is more important to a young child's social and emotional skills than: A Her education Her income Whether she The amount of time the has a job kid spends in childcare Spend Some Time On Yourself How are you? Well.. Watch a funny Get dinner Do a mood-boosting Talk to someone who movie with a friend exercise cares (about you!) THE IMPORTANCE OF OPTIMISM I can do it! Fill the Glass How Do You React to Problems? Half Full Kids who learn to be optimistic Even 5-year-olds can understand the benefits when they're 10-12 years old are of positive thinking to help them feel better. half as likely to be depressed They get their sunny outlooks by watching during puberty. how their parents react to problems. PRAISE KIDS FOR EFFORT, NOT BRAINS Children praised for their abilities or intelligence, rather than eir efforts, have a harder time coping with failure. You worked so hard on that project, I'm proud of you!" You're so What's a better predictor smart! of a junior-high student's grades? a. IQ b. Self-discipline Kids praised for efforts are more likely to enjoy challenging tasks and show more motivation. SKIP THE ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH When parenting styles aren't suited to a child's personality, the kid is twice as likely to be anxious or depressed. If your child is: Good at regulating her Poor at regulating her own emotions and actions own emotions and actions Don't worry, No Mom She'll need less structure and She'll need more structure and more autonomy from you less autonomy from you KIDS ARE MORE RESILIENT THAN WE THINK 80% of kids who experience their parents' separation or divorce DON'T go on to have psychological problems. Many kids whose parents maintain respectful communication and cooperation to the best of their ability despite a divorce: Go on to achieve career Maintain close Enjoy healthy intimate and education goals family ties relationships HOWEVER...TAKE OFF THE BOXING GLOVES How you argue matters. Compared to kids with less-hostile parents, kids who grow up with parental conflict: Do worse in school Are more likely to Have poorer drink and use drugs emotional wellbeing KIDS WANT MEANINGFUL LIVES, TOO Even 8-year-olds are happier if they feel their lives have meaning and value. Mom's Birthday 10 Doing something kind Volunteering Planning an event Joining a team or for a friend or classmate their time for friends or family club they care about ENCOURAGE GENEROSITY Performing kind acts made pre-teens happier- and better liked by their classmates, to. Simple acts of kindness for kids: You're Thanks! cool It's okay.. :) Text a friend Share something of Compliment a kid Spend time with an who's sad yours with a younger you don't know older family member sibling Studies show that even toddlers are happier when giving treats to others than receiving treats. (And they're happier giving away treats that belong to them than identical treats that don't!) KIDS THESE DAYS... have 8 fewer hours of free, unstructured playtime than they had 20 years ago Play helps kids develop: Emotional strength Creativity Cognition Motor skills Social skills ENCOURAGE KIDS TO GET PHYSICAL Playing sports on a team or just for fun makes kids happier and better behaved Feeling competent is the secret Tweens who think they're good at a sport have higher levels of wellbeing than kids 9 who actually are good at it. Get ff The Couch! Watching TV is linked to unhappiness. 8% A 7-year study of over 4,000 teens found that those who watched more TV were more every hour likely to develop depressive symptoms, with the rate increasing 8% with every additional hour of TV watched. WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE HAPPY KIDS? What Makes Kids In a study of 12 countries including the U.S., UK, and Happy? Canada, the happiest kids live in: 1. Mexico 2. Spain 1. Family 2. Friends 3. Brazil 4. Germany 5. U.S.A. 4. Participating in sports 3. Playing CAt the bottom of the list? 11. Japan 12. Poland 5. Toys In a survey of over 4,200 kids in 12 countries: 90% of kids say they're happy all or most of the time. Brought to you by happify" Build skills for a happier life with fun, science-based activities and games at Sources Luby, J.L. et al. (2012) Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Rohner, R.P., Khaleque, A. 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The Raising Happy Kids

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