You wouldn’t back a special wedding cake without a recipe. So way think you can bring up a child and have her flourish without a good recipe that really works? As a psychologist, I can say the surest RECIPE that I have found is passed on the Seven Gateways to Happiness. Here are some of the special INGREDIENTS that you will need as you help you daughter walk through the Gateways of Happiness.
The first ingredient is:
1: Lots of reinforcement for the kid’s talents, interests and potential. Without reinforcement from you, probably the most important adult in her life, she cannot validate her talents, strengths, interests and potential just on her own. Kids are developed enough emotionally or intellectually to sort through all of their feelings and reactions to their own experiences. They need the parent, grandparent, and/or teacher to help them in this sorting. The girl may enjoy a ten week course in playing the flute. But recognizing whether she loves the flute enough to now take expensive lessons maybe be something you have to help her with. Maybe she like variety and to try a lot of new things. That is just as valid an interest as a willingness and need to focus on one thing and master it.
I’ll be back with the SECOND INGREDIENT in RAISING A HAPPY CHILD soon.