Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize, said, “Contentment is the only real wealth.” How true! There will always be disparity in the world; some will have more while some will have less. But being content can always make an individual feel happy and satisfied. Therefore, explain to your child the importance of contentment. Read on to know how to go about it.
- It starts with you: Children do what they see their parents do. If your child sees that you are content, then he will try to emulate you. You can lead the way by setting limits for yourself and, thereby, serve as an example for your child. For example, you can cut down on the number of dresses you buy or the number of fizzy beverages you drink. When your child sees that you set limits on yourself in whatever you do, he will also develop that habit. It is okay to tell your child that sometimes you do struggle to hold yourself back, but demonstrate that you choose to be content.
- Practise gratitude: Being grateful is the best way to feel content. Gratitude helps us focus on what is good in our life rather than what we lack. Being grateful for the possessions and positive experiences can instil a greater sense of happiness and satisfaction. You can start by teaching your child to be thankful for the positive experiences he has every day. The family dinner is the apt time for sharing his positive experiences of the day. You can ask him to note down his experiences in a diary. When he is going through a bad time, reading this list will remind him about how blessed he has been.
- Celebrate small wins/events: Even a small progress on any front should be shared with every family member. Big successes come our way once in a while, but small accomplishments are more common. Focusing on them will help to experience contentment more often and increase motivation.
- Give to others: The act of giving promotes the feeling of contentment. Teach your child to always share whatever he has with those around him. This way he will also learn to connect and empathise with others.
- Teach the value of money: Teach your child how much things cost and how difficult it is to earn money. You can make him understand this by asking him to do small chores around the house and paying him small sums of money in return for his efforts. If he wants to buy something, ask him to spend from his savings. The thought of his savings decreasing will make him think twice before spending. It will also help him learn to be content with what he has.
Although learning to be content is difficult for an adult, it is much less so for a child. By teaching your child to be content, you can help him reduces stress, improve his outlook, and make his life more enjoyable.
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