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Your job as a parent is to encourage and support your kids during their journeys toward self-respect and happiness.
You can’t make your children happy. Showering them with toys, praise, and attention won’t guarantee their happiness. Only children who learn how to handle life’s constant struggles on their own will achieve true happiness.
Before you show your kids how to achieve their own happiness, consider these points:
• Happiness results from achieving your goals, yet you don’t have to achieve all your goals to be happy.
• No goal in life worth reaching for is achieved without a struggle. Setting goals means accepting and learning to deal with anxiety, frustration, disappointment, even failure. Trying to prevent children from experiencing such difficulties inadvertently keeps them from learning how to struggle.
• Children who don’t learn to struggle will never be truly happy.