100 Ways to Happy children, by Dr Timothy J. Sharp

As parents we know that nothing is more important to us than the happiness of our children. But how can we confidently teach them to find happiness when it’s often such a struggle to find it in our own lives?

This easy to read and digest volume is aimed, as the subtitle says, at ‘busy parents’. And, let’s face it – every parent seems to be a busy parent. Clinical psychologist Dr Timothy Sharp presents 100 realistic, achievable suggestions for raising happy, confident and balanced children. From setting goals, to recognising strengths and encouraging learning, there is nothing unpalatable or unrealistic on offer here. Instead, what is on offer is straightforward advice and reminders.

Each of the 100 ‘ways’ is presented succinctly, with entries ranging from half a page to two pages, and broken into categories including ways to build character, ways to ensure wellbeing and ways to make learning fun.

Parents may like to read the entire book cover to cover, but could also dip into it randomly, or just read one entry per day, allowing time to digest and enact. A wonderful resource for every parent.

100 Ways to Happy Children: A Guide for Busy Parents

100 Ways to Happy Children: A Guide for Busy Parents, by Dr Timothy J. Sharp
Penguin, 2009

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