The Cycle of Happiness #IfShesHappyImHappy
Today, I’m introducing a regular feature #IfShesHappyImHappy. It’s all about the cycle of happiness – you being happy, making your child happy and it coming full circle to make you happy again!
There are 2 schools of thought here, as far as I can see.
1… as a parent, you can only be happy if your child/ren is/are happy
2… as a parent, you need to be happy first before they can be happy
I fit into both of these schools, which is why I said above that it’s about the ‘cycle’ of happiness, the big jigsaw, the ‘happy circle’ (as cheesey as that sounds!)
It’s a 2-way street
We all know that our children (especially young children) can really feel our emotions – good or bad. No matter how hard we try to hide our anxiety, we still show it through our feelings.
Children can be sensitive little beans and pick up on these feelings. A classic example could be the first day or school – you drop them off into their new classroom, you’re all smiles etc and when you’re out of the school gates, the floodgates open (usually yours, not theirs). I’ve been there myself.
To my mind, or school of thought, it’s about empowering them, giving them the confidence to be happy. And that’s where the cycle comes in. Because we feel our childrens’ feelings just as much as they feel ours (arguably more at times!). So we feel each other’s happiness or otherwise.
Here’s the point
So, here I am finally getting to the point of #IfShesHappyImHappy
I make no apology for saying that my daughter’s happiness and good mental health is the most important thing to me. I’d do anything within my power to make her happy, as any parent would. And I know that if she’s happy, I’m happy, and if I’m happy she’s happy. There’s that cycle again!
I will be sharing posts on things that our daughter has said, done, made, given, shared that’s made her and me – us ‘happy’! I do this anyway but I wanted to dig a little deeper and make a little feature of it.