Children have a natural aptitude for joy; the challenge for parents is to help them retain it, writes Rachel Fairbank in Lifehacker.
If you’d like your child to hold onto joy, it is essential for them to build supportive relationships with people who can offer comfort and perspective during hardship. It’s also important to help them develop their strengths and pursue their interests, even if they aren’t the interests you hoped they’d have.
“Allow your child to be a voice in participating and finding their joy,”
says child psychology expert Maureen Healy. And
“when the tough times hit, it’s important to set an example for your kids of what it looks like to get through them,”
“Be honest about the fact that sometimes life can be really hard and that there’s not always much that you can do about it other than persevere as best you can.”