Every parent wants to raise children who are happy and successful.
But there’s so much parenting advice out there.
Who should you listen to?
And which advice is reliable?
To answer those questions, I read through dozens of scientific articles and research journals.
I’ve compiled this list of 25 scientific ways to bring up confident and well-adjusted children.
1. Become a happier person yourself.
Emotional problems in parents are linked to emotional problems in their children, as explained in Raising Happiness. Not only that, unhappy people are also less effective parents.
Psychologists Carolyn and Philip Cowan have also found that happy parents are more likely to have happy children.
In one study in The Secrets of Happy Families, children were asked: “If you were granted one wish about your parents, what would it be?”
No, it wasn’t that their parents would spend more time with them. Neither was it that their parents would nag at them less, or give them more freedom.
The children’s wish was that their parents were less stressed and tired.