How to Raise Happy Children and Avoid the Pitfalls

            January 2014    
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Five Secrets for Raising Healthy and Happy Children

By Arthur Rosen

One: Understanding your role as a Parent

Before you can be successful as a parent and have happy, healthy, successful children realize that you have a role to follow as a parent. Whereas many people have children by accident and many who want children and have them, really want them for their own pleasure, they want to be parents.

Being a parent means more than just enjoying the thrill of watching a baby develop into a toddler and then into a child with a personality. It means responsibility and this responsibility means guiding the child on the correct path even if that means loosing time and money. The Hebrew word for parent is horim which is almost the same as raising up harim. The words are related since a parent must raise up his children from being dependent on the parent to becoming a fully independent adult.

What is the correct path? That is a very sticky and tricky question.

The correct path is to educate the child to be able to navigate the rigors of this world without incurring personal physical, emotional, or mental damage. It requires the parent to know the capabilities of the child as well as the potential and fitting it into the unique personality of the child.

This means that what is good for one child is not necessarily good for another child.

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from the January 2014 Edition of the Jewish Magazine

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