1. Become a happier person yourself.
Emotional problems in parents are linked to emotional problems in their children, as explained in Raising Happiness. Not only that, unhappy people are also less effective parents.
Psychologists Carolyn and Philip Cowan have also found that happy parents are more likely to have happy children.
In one study in The Secrets of Happy Families, children were asked: “If you were granted one wish about your parents, what would it be?”
No, it wasn’t that their parents would spend more time with them. Neither was it that their parents would nag at them less, or give them more freedom.
The children’s wish was that their parents were less stressed and tired.
So what can you do to become a happier person? Here’s an article with many practical suggestions.
2. Celebrate as a family, as often as you can.
Happy families celebrate both the small and big things: the end of a busy week, a good grade, the first day of school, a job promotion, holidays and festivals.
The celebrations can be as simple as going to the park together, or as elaborate as throwing a surprise party.
Happy families lead to happy children, so make it a point to celebrate as a family often.