Every parent has hopes and aspirations for their child, but above all they just want them to be happy. A study by researchers from the University of Cambridge and the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, found that happiness in childhood is linked to increased well-being in adulthood. Happy children were much less likely than others to develop mental health disorders throughout their lives - 60% less likely than young teens that had no positive ratings.
So how do you raise happy children?
As parents it can be difficult to thread the line between giving your child what you believe to be in their best interests and giving your child what makes them happy, but it is possible to strike a working balance.