The factors that influence the happiness of a child are many. But not all children in the world are equally happy. What does a child need to be happy?
The factors that influence the happiness of a child without many. But not all children in the world are equally happy. What does a child need to be happy?
According to UNICEF, the Netherlands leads the ranking of happy children. Children’s well-being in general, health, food, housing, security and education, among other factors, are some of the dimensions in which the Netherlands is at the fore in terms of children. The difference is that the Netherlands applies a comprehensive vision of the child and covers all their basic needs and goes even further. Investment in childhood for this country is a matter of the State, and it is one of its priorities, that is why children have all kinds of protections and a guarantee of good development and well-being in general.
What does a child need to be happy
In addition to having the basic needs covered, children need the good behavior and example of their parents to achieve proper development. There are some specific elements that will directly influence the happiness and future success of a child.
1. Basic needs
Food, a place to sleep, and proper health care are pillars for a child’s development. A child who goes to bed without having eaten, or whose parents do not pay attention to the pain that afflicts him is probably less happy than a child who is attended to these needs.
It seems very basic and simple, yet not all children in the world receive love. Love is demonstrated in acts of commitment, in empathy with the child. In addition to the kisses and hugs so necessary in a child to feel support, love can be demonstrated through daily actions. Reading his favorite story at night, saying positive things to him, encouraging him in his moments of frustration, and telling him often that you love him will make him a happy child.
For a child to grow up healthy and happy, safety is a preponderant factor. A child who feels safe will grow up confident and it is the parents’ job to provide that security. A child who grows up in a hostile environment may develop feelings of insecurity, helplessness, and low self-esteem.
Talk, listen, converse. Communication is essential from the first moment. A child who feels heard will feel respected and therefore happy. It is very important for a child to talk and express his feelings, and even more important is that his parents listen to him carefully. No child is happy if his parents do not listen to him, even if what they have to say is not interesting for the adult world. On the other hand, letting them express themselves freely through their choices also brings something positive in parenting. Giving him options and showing that you care about his opinion will boost his self-esteem and feel confident.
5. Being a child
Children are happy when they are allowed to be children. They like jumping, getting muddy, running, climbing, sticking stickers, coloring, and all those activities that stimulate and reinforce their creativity. Let it be. No child is happy if he is constantly repressed. I am not saying that the house is a battlefield and they do what they want when they want, but that it is never wrong that from time to time they let go of their fantasies and let their childish fiber flow. What gets dirty gets cleaned up, but you won’t forget that happy little face.
As parents we believe that we are giving you the best. Take the work of reflecting on what you give your child in order to make him happy. Are you really giving him what you think will make him happy or what he really needs? Your child does not need to go to the best school or have the best toys; you also don’t need to be top of the class or play sports at the club. Your child needs affection, time, respect, values and only you can give him that foundation that will strengthen his personality for the rest of his life.
Don’t be afraid of not being able to give them the best materially, but do strive to provide them with the tools and experiences necessary for a happy life in one of the most important stages of their cognitive and emotional development.