Again, Babycenter has advice for parents about raising happy children. This time, they say happy children are healthy kids and parents let them struggle to solve their own problems.
Naturally, if a child is not well, they may struggle to be happy, but I do not believe that ill children cannot truly be happy and full of the joy of life, so we must state this disagreement up front. However, in general, if a child is well rested and well fed, they tend to be much happier than tired and hungry children. Why, then, do we allow any child to be hungry in this world? We cannot control sleep, but sleep comes easier to a child with a full belly than one with hunger pains.
Consider what you can do at this time of year to help those in your neighborhood or state who struggle with hunger.
When parents let their children solve their problems through trial and error or struggle and redoubled effort, they give their children lifelong skills to cope and face adversity. It is nice to give a child help, but do not be the referee or constant go-to person for your children’s problems while playing. Let them work to solve that puzzle, with encouragement and advice, but let them enjoy the wonder of self-discovery which has been lost in this busy internet-answers world.
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