"I really do just want my kids to be happy! What can possibly be wrong with that?" The potential problem is that it appears there is a connection between parents focusing on making their kids happy with those children actually being increasingly unhappy.
What does the research show?
Although it seems that children who have their basic needs met plus enjoy many extras would certainly be happy, this appears to not be the case.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed over 14,000 students in grades 9-12 in 2007. They reported "During the 12 months before the survey, 28.5% of students nationwide had felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for 2 or more weeks in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities."
How do parents play a role?
Loving parents can unintentionally raise self-centered, unhappy children. How does this happen?
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