HAP­PI­NESS

Mother & Baby - - BABY & TODDLER -

Now that you’ve de­cided to help your tod­dler with these big emo­tions, don’t for­get to con­nect with the fun ones, too! “Hap­pi­ness is of­ten there in the sim­plest mo­ments of you and your tod­dler be­ing to­gether,” says Mar­got. “Just en­joy what­ever you’re do­ing, whether that’s colour­ing to­gether or walk­ing along, hand-in-hand, swing­ing your arms and singing.” Easy, right? Well, truth be told, these re­laxed mo­ments when your young­ster is calm and con­tent can seem like the per­fect time to put a wash on or check your phone. ‘For­get the house­work!’ says Mar­got. ‘It’s as im­por­tant to be with your child in joy as it is to be with him when he’s ex­press­ing other emo­tions. Be­cause, when you are, you teach him that it’s great to feel happy!’ Want to cre­ate a mo­ment of hap­pi­ness to en­joy to­gether right now? Sit op­po­site your tod­dler and mir­ror his move­ments ex­actly. Give your­self a tail by tuck­ing a sock into the back of your jeans and ask your tod­dler to chase you and try to pull it off. Get your tod­dler to stand on your feet as you hold his hands and walk around. Grab the bub­ble mix­ture and chal­lenge your young­ster to pop them with dif­fer­ent parts of his body—first hands, then feet, el­bows and bot­tom. And just en­joy be­ing happy to­gether!

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