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Raising Happy Kids

The Big Myth About Raising ‘Happy’ Kids

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.12.2016 | OWN

Even amid the many different styles of parenting out there, the end goal for every parent is often the same: raise children who are happy. But, accord...

4 Ways to Tackle Childhood Stress -- Right Now

Katie Hurley | Posted 11.02.2016 | Parents
Katie Hurley

Most kids experience ups and downs and varying degrees of stress along the way. Teaching them how to cope with stress empowers them to work through the hard stuff in pursuit of happiness.

A Letter to My Teenage Daughter

Melissa Chapman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

Everything feels REALLY MONUMENTAL right now, but if you could just stop and repeat these words silently to yourself, " Will this matter in a year from now?" I promise you that your perspective will shift.

2 More Steps To Raising a Happy Child

David Kanegis | Posted 11.22.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Looking to raise a happy child? Make it happen! Not via the magical flicking together of two fingers but by actively heightening your awareness and taking action as needed.

Boost Your Child's Self-Confidence This Back-to-School Season

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Brett Blumenthal

It is no secret that our childhood has a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves as adults. And so, what better time to lay the groundwork for healthy self-esteem, self-talk and self-belief than during childhood?

The Ballet of Waking Up As A Single Parent

John McElhenney | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents
John McElhenney

I love the quiet mornings. And on the weekends, especially in the summer, I love the pace at which the house wakes up.

These Are the People Who Stop at Lemonade Stands

Galit Breen | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

The neighbor we rarely see whose kids are grown and gone but still come home to pass footballs in the cul de sac. Whenever I see him and his wife I feel like we offer each other a trade of sorts -- a look at their past for a peek at our future.

In Pursuit of Happiness? Be Grateful

Katie Hurley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

As parents, we tend to get stuck in a loop of wanting our kids to be grateful for every little thing that they have. We focus on the stuff, but gratitude isn't about stuff. Gratitude is an emotional experience. Gratitude is about relationships, experiences and moments. Stuff is just stuff.

The Science Of Raising Happy Kids

Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents

Raising a happy child isn't as simple as it sounds. That's because there isn't one single way to do it -- it's the combination of many methods that wi...

The Ultimate Truth About 'Parenting Styles'

Mackenzie Lawrence | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Mackenzie Lawrence

I parent each of my kids differently. I suppose you could call it multiple personality parenting. But I like to call it doing what's best for my kids. Each one of them. Individually.

Parenting From the Stands: What It Feels Like to Have Adult Children

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It's easy to lose perspective in the day-to-day chores and moments of parenting that what you are really doing isn't so much about childhood, or even about high school or college. What you are doing is getting someone ready to be an adult -- and to live a life that is theirs, not yours.

The Secret to Raising Happy Kids

Galit Breen | Posted 11.26.2013 | Travel
Galit Breen

When I ask my children where they want to go, I mean it. I want them to dream big and travel far. I want their answers to not match. I want them to have a Bucket List and Someday Dream. And then? I want them to go.

I AM Supermom

Katie Hurley | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Katie Hurley

I get it. No mom is perfect. We shouldn't judge. We don't know what any mom is up against until we walk in her shoes. But that doesn't make us any less super.

7 Secrets of Highly Happy Children

Katie Hurley | Posted 10.11.2013 | Parents
Katie Hurley

Life is far too scripted today. Plans are made. Classes are attended. Craft projects are intended to mimic those found on Pinterest. Gone are the days of free play and creating something out of nothing. Many kids today are simply following a script.

6 Ways To Nurture Happy, Healthy Kids

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

Advice from experts and wise parents on raising little people who thrive. Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost OWN on Facebook and Twitter ....

Don't Set Out to Change the World -- Just Do the Next Right Thing

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

The girls played in the yard, but their restlessness and whining was gone. I could tell they felt satisfied -- the way you do when you've done something for someone other than yourself -- and they were made more content by the sunshine and crisp, cold air.

Let Your Kid Fail

Eva Glettner | Posted 12.10.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

If you grow up believing that everything everywhere is attainable, life will really be hard to stomach when mom and dad aren't there.

5 Easy Ways To Help Your Kids Be Happy

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

If you weave gratitude and appreciation into your family's day-to-day life, happiness will occur naturally.

Don't "Raise Happy Kids!"

Dr. G | Posted 10.20.2012 | Parents
Dr. G

Before you decide that I am heartless and ranting, please understand that I wish happiness for my children. I just don't want them -- or me -- to see their happiness as my responsibility. It's not!

Why I May 'Push' My Kid

Denise Albert | Posted 09.12.2012 | Parents
Denise Albert

Do you push your kids? Do you let them quit? Do you encourage them to continue activities they don't particularly like? Is that even pushing them, or is it building character?

Making Happiness a Habit Through Mindfulness

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 10.12.2011 | Parents
Susan Kaiser Greenland

What if happiness was a habit that we could teach children? We can. Qualities that lead away from happiness and qualities that lead toward happiness are all rooted in habits developed in the past.

The Pitfalls Of A Child-Centered Family

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

I talk to many parents who experience difficulties because they make decisions on the basis of what their children want instead of what is good for the family unit.