When it comes to kids, people just don’t think about happiness enough these days. They think about
success. They think in comparisons. They think about milestones, graduations, and shiny trophies. (The
ones they earned, of course. Because, you know, not everyone deserves a trophy these days).
They think about the obstacles that make parenting such an exhausting job. Yes, they think a lot about
But they don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what makes kids happy.
Once upon a time, childhood was filled with endless days spent outside and a very little TV. Imaginations
ran wild and kids made their own fun with nothing but a few matchbox cars and an old cardboard box.
They played, they learned, and they socialized. But most of all, they had fun.
Life is far too scripted today. Plans are made. Play is structured. Excellence in demand. Gone are the
days of free play and creating something out of nothing. Many kids today are simply following a script.
That’s not to say that kids aren’t happy, because many kids are. Many kids live a life full of adventure
and wonder in their own backyards. But many don’t. Many simply follow the plan. And that’s a
drawback because childhood should be all about happiness.
We parents, often associate happiness of our child with performance/excellence. The first step towards
raising a happy child is to actually dissociate stereotypical excellence from happiness. Even the schools
that we choose should be a safe haven for our children. It should nurture their personalities, and ensure
that children enjoy their individuality.
Let us pledge to give our children roots to grow and wings to fly in the direction they want to go!