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How do we raise happy children? We do it one step at a time; constantly remembering that true happiness is born when we learn to walk in the ways of God.

We gently show our children the way to happiness by genuinely embracing their presence in our lives. A child can sense when his mother isn’t happy and will blame himself for her discontentment and sorrow. Learn to put on a happy face and practice contentment and joy moment by moment. God will help you.

We gently show our children the way to happiness when we look them in the eye and rejoice in who they are…not in who we hope they will become. This, too, is a work of the living God.

We gently show our children the way to happiness when we practice counting our blessings throughout the day. This teaches our children that they really do have much to thank God for even if others have more. A grateful child is a child who will easily find happiness.

We gently show our children the way to happiness when we teach them to serve others as we work beside them. A child who knows how to do hard things is a child who will rarely be bored or lonely.

Oh, Lord, remind us that we can’t fill the emptiness of our children’s souls by buying them everything they want. Instead, may we point them to you as we love and celebrate their presence in our lives.