Happy Children – Self-Esteem, Meditation, Self-Love
Happy children grow and develop into happy adults. Often happiness in childhood is overlooked. School grades and behavioral issues can be scrutinized but the inner world of little ones forgotten. As we are taught that coping is healthy and thriving is a bonus. Tools such as meditation, self-love and positive affirmations create high self-esteem in children and adults.
Many adults in today’s society many suffer from depression and anxiety. So many people are afflicted with feeling not good enough. I feel these issues surface in childhood. If as parents we struggle with our own heavy emotions, how can we expect children who learn from our actions, responses and feelings, to grow into confident radiant beings?
We often start self-development and reconnect to our spiritual roots as adults. However, we are never too young to learn. If as babies, we neglected walking and talking we’d all still be crawling about. Children are competent and able to learn self-awareness concepts and use them in positive healthy ways. Happy children become empowered, self-confident adults. We often neglect the very things that promote awareness of the self, in childhood.
Focusing instead on the latest toys, gadgets, music and television shows. These things are sold to us and cannot guarantee happiness. When we are truly happy we step into alignment with all good, all joy, abundance and love.
We need to discover the essence of our being, we’re all children of love, peace and compassion. This awareness frees us from mind constraints and opens a pathway to a loving, harmonious world. You can’t make someone happy. But you can empower people with tools that contribute to inner joy, so they may become aware that the power is in their hands, in their hearts.
Many families have histories of depression that course through generations. The idea we aren’t doing enough for the little ones in our lives to encourage healthy, happy children is based on guilt and shame which just repeats a vicious cycle. The first person to heal when dealing with kids who are suffering from depression be it minor or major is ourselves. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just an acknowledgement that we’re all on a path to healing.
I think it’s so important for all children to feel loved and adored and that from a young age they are given a level of independence. If we can teach children that adults don’t know everything or have all the answers this gives them permission to develop their self-esteem independently from teachers and caregivers.
Even issues like death are often suppressed around children. And let’s face it we can be afraid of confronting traumatic life experiences ourselves. When we are open and honest with children; they are smart and learn with ease.
Showing children how to behave and not telling them is a wonderful start. Happy children are given the freedom to make mistakes, to get annoyed, to process their emotions and then be gently guided on a path that is comfortable, appropriate and fun for everyone.
We’re all children at heart and as we learn what makes us happy we are much better at helping children develop into confident beings radiating light, love and joy.
When they have tools which encourage them to be the best they can be this creates happy children. I remember seeing a counsellor when I was in my teens. This helped, but it never got to the core of my issues, to help release memories and rejection from my past. It wasn’t until I discovered Louise Hay and meditation that I began to heal my old wounds.
Top Practices to Encourage Happy Children:
- Listen to kids with non-judgement, they are wise souls who sometimes need comforting and reassurance for what may seem like minor things. Happy children are acknowledged children.
- Speak to children with repetitive positive affirmations, ‘you are safe and loved, all is well, Mummy and Daddy love you and are so proud of you.’ Positive reinforcement encourages wonderful self-esteem.
- Practice meditation. Children can spend a minute or more watching you practice meditation, and may wish to join you. Create a meditation routine that is filled with love and safety.
- Tell kids when you’re feeling calm and rational about things that are happening in your family life. Kids know when things are out of balance and sometimes, depending on the situation being open is a wonderful option.
- Encourage your child to watch less television. Fear based programs (i.e. the news which can flash up during kid’s programs) aren’t a representative of truth. If something doesn’t make time for universal goodness and is so focused on negativity with no space for the goodness of humanity it needs limited contact with adults and children alike.
- Happy kids love crystals. Crystals can help children feel calm and centered as they share their quiet wisdom.
- Make time for your kids. Bedtime stories are a wonderful way to relax, as are long walks and bubble baths.
Happiness is important. It builds a foundation for our existence. When this planet is run by empowered happy souls peace will reign. This is why I create books intending to pass on knowledge that’s helped me as an adult to work through depression and personal issues.
Why wait? Children are eager learners and are often better than adults at grasping new ideas and concepts. I can’t help but think what would our life have been like had we been taught concepts that promote self-esteem and self-confidence from a young age.
With the right intention and tools we can do our best to share knowledge that empowers children. Books, friends and family members can all support raising happy kids.
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