March 3rd is designed to remind us of all of the things that we have to be happy about, as well as to provide each of us with an opportunity to make someone else happy. Share a smile, a joke, a hug or a story with someone else. Let your child hear you laugh. This is a day to scoop up your child, give them a hug and to tell them just how happy you are to be their parent. Chances are, you'll get back just as much as you give by performing this small gesture! And don't forget to give your own mom or dad a call, if you are blessed to still have them in your life. It doesn't cost money, just a little time, effort and thought.
Here's a book or two to read with your kids:
Happy to be me by Christine Adams and Robert J. Butch Helping children develop good self-esteem means helping them simply be themselves. It means letting them know how loved and cherished they are-just because of who they are. The elfin friends in this colorful book lead the young reader through a process of self-discovery: exploring uniqueness, building a healthy-self-image, and preparing for challenging situations. Every child in the world is special, gifted, and wonderful. And each one deserves to feel "happy to be me"!
Just The Way I Am (The 7 Habits of Happy Kids) Sean Covey Pokey is getting teased by Biff because of his quills. At first, Pokey is upset, but soon he realizes that his quills make him who he is, and he would never want to change that! This story encourages children to always be in control of their own life and not let others determine how they should feel.
Celia the Great: Tricks for Being a Happy Kid by Abby Jacobs and Mary Gregg Byrne
Celia discovers that her magic can help her handle many situations. She finds that she can be patient, use good manners, listen and follow directions. This magic thing is great!
Looking for a solid way of fostering happiness in your child? Model a positive attitude, share a smile, discuss your own world from the cup half full perspective. Talk about things that you are grateful for, found funny or enjoyed during your day. Find a YouTube video that makes you laugh or a song that raises your spirits and share it with your kids. Pull out your own baby pictures and compare them to your child's. Children model what they see. If they see you are happy, it's a bet that they will follow your lead!
And a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies is always a winner after a long hard day at school!