Be Happy (3-20-15)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:            You and your child can learn to be happy.

PRACTICE:       Celebrate the United Nations International Day of Happiness today.

Write down what you think happiness is. Ask your child the same question. See how much your answers are alike and different?


Make “happiness” lists together. Your list should include 5 things that make you happy (ones that you can control – not winning the lottery) and 5 things you think make your child happy.

Your child’s list should include 5 things that make him happy (ones that are really possible – not getting something big like a puppy or a bicycle) and 5 things he thinks will make you happy. For a young child you can make suggestions and have him pick the things he likes the best.

Each of you pick one thing from your list and make a plan to do it. Include in your plan when this will happen. You may need to help your child with his plan.

Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by our featured picture book, BOO HOO BIRD.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at When a Kid Gets Hurt.



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