The Science of Growing Up Happy – eBook and printed book for Nestle
The Science of Growing Up Happy
How to raise happy, healthy kids
As a parent, your ultimate goal is to raise a healthy, happy child and give him the best chance to become a successful and happy adult. You know this means responding to his physical needs – making sure he’s fed, watered, changed, and getting enough sleep, but there’s one factor that has a huge influence on his development and is often neglected – happiness. Happiness has a positive effect on your child’s emotional health, and if he is emotionally fulfilled, he’s more likely to be successful in life, both academically and financially. You know you pave the way for your child’s growth, but how do you teach him to play and be happy?
Happiness is a state of being that’s more about people and connection than material things; a feeling of pleasure and positivity that radiates from within. A happy child is in good physical, emotional, social and mental shape. When a child grows up happy, in a stable home, and has a good relationship with his family and friends, it has a positive impact on his emotional development for life. Happy children have higher self-esteem, confidence, are more extrovert and show positive social behaviour. The evidence is compelling, and it shows why the pursuit of happiness in children is so important.
As parents, you have a key role in helping your child to grow happy. You do it through ‘positive parenting’ techniques, as this book will explore, which create a deep bond between you and your child through good communication, quality time together and mutual respect. The first step is being a good role model so he can learn from you, and secondly, through play and creating a positive, playful environment so that learning is dynamic and fun.
Play helps to nurture imagination and gives children a sense of adventure. They have a natural imagination that helps them to create new ideas and opportunities and a strong motivation to connect and engage with others. Play combines both of these to help children reach their potential. It teaches your child to share ideas, thoughts, build relationships, and how to handle different emotions and stressful situations. You provide the right environment for your child to thrive, and it doesn’t require anything difficult or fussy – every moment of the day is an opportunity for playful teaching.
This book will take you on a journey through the first five years of your child’s life, so you know what to expect and how to prepare. It is divided into chapters for each age group – 0-6 months, 7-12 months, 1-3 years and 3-5 years with each section exploring everything you need to know in terms of nutrition, digestive comfort, sleep, and mental development.
It has been written by a team of child development experts with support from fellow parents who are in the same place as you, just a step or two ahead. Inside, you’ll find the latest scientific research and insight along with magical ideas, tips and practical examples so you can see how different cultures do things and learn from them. The authors have witnessed the impact of growing up happy on children around the world and are excited to share their knowledge to address your concerns and help you to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of happiness. Simple changes can make a big difference to your child’s development.
Time to learn about the science of growing up happy, so you can give your little one the best start in life and beyond.