Since day one as parents, you start to gain knowledge about your child’s physical health, observe their growth, and monitor the development of their skills and behavior. Yet, as parents you may not be able to completely understand your child’s feelings and know whether he/she feels happy or not. During the first months of your child’s life as a baby, you will find that your child smiles if you play with certain toys. Babies also cry, this however, does not mean that they are unhappy but it is only a way of communicating for them. Once the child starts to use words and actions they are more able to express their feelings.
The most prominent tips for a happy childhood include paying attention to your child’s health through feeding him/her healthy and balanced foods as well as ensure that they are not suffering from regular pain and are getting enough sleep. Try to understand your child’s continuous demands as this would make him/her feel happy and satisfied. Interact with your child by talking, playing, and even joining them in some physical exercises. Bring him/her joyful and colorful games and select colored furniture for his/her room.
The sense of accomplishment also makes your child feel happy. Entrust your child with a task that suits his/her ability and praise them upon its completion. This might include asking your child to arrange the toys, bring the laundry basket, or even feed you a banana using his/her hands!
Parents are role models for their children even when it comes to expressing their feelings. Try to look happy even if you feel tired or if you are burdened. Never transfer feelings of anxiety or quarrel to your child as they might get affected more than you do.
It is key for parents not to feel worried when their child passes through a moody situation. During his/her first years, the child tries to master several skills and might feel moody if he/she fails to achieve any goal. The child may become sad or angry during his/her first days at the nursery or kindergarten, however, they will soon become comfortable and content when they have familiarized themselves with the new faces and environment.
Make sure you discuss with your child’s teacher at the nursery or kindergarten any concerns about your child’s psychological health. We, at Little Academy Nursery, continuously follow up on parents’ remarks, and conduct group activities of psychological catharsis such as free expressive drawing, dancing, and independent role-play.