This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon.
All parents want their children to be happy, but ironically it’s one thing that we actually cannot do for our kids. Every person has to make the choice to be happy by themselves. What we CAN do as parents is to teach them WHAT will make them happy and give them the self-discipline to choose that path.
What will make kids happy? First, gratefulness. Children need to learn to appreciate what they have. Second, generosity. Teach them to give themselves away and to live for others. Last, boundaries. Children who have guardrails in their lives know what is expected of them and this brings security needed for happiness.
Make sure to also give your child time: time to be bored, to make their own fun, and time to make choices. And instill within them a deep foundational knowledge of their identity: knowledge of their own giftedness and vocation.