4 Testaments to the Power of a Smile in Raising Children

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Did you know that every time you smile your body releases neurotransmitters that make you feel good?

The power of a smile is real, and we should all make an effort to smile more. When it comes to child-rearing, a smile is one of your most powerful tools!

Keep reading for a guide about the power of your smile as it relates to raising kids. 

1. The Science Supports Smiling

Raising healthy, well-adjusted kids is an important goal when it comes to parenting. Remember the delight the first time you saw your baby smile? Remember how much you smiled at your little one for that reward?

Smiling helps you and your child bond together, and makes your baby feel safe and secure. A happy smile is the beginning of a healthy relationship between you and your child. 

When you smile, the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine releases into your body, along with endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals are natural antidepressants that lower your blood pressure and lift your mood.

If you’re stressed, your body releases stress hormones, and your children sense that too. 

The simple act of smiling is a mini scientific miracle in the body!

2. Communication 

Young children learn a lot about their world through facial expressions. They’ll look to you when they’re unsure about something. If you’re smiling, they’ll feel secure and happy. 

If you’re frowning or scowling, a child knows something is wrong. Even when you discipline a child, it’s important to reassure them through a smile that you love them. Communicate that it’s the child’s behavior you’re upset about, not the child himself. 

3. Lack of Self-Consciousness

People who are self-conscious sometimes have a hard time smiling. Are you self-conscious about your smile due to poor dental work or missing teeth? Take these steps to a better smile! 

Don’t teach your kids to be self-conscious. Show them your smile.  

4. Positive Reinforcement

A smile is positive versus negative reinforcement which is better for your kids.  

You’ve walked in the door, the kids are home from school, and the house is a mess. What do you do?

Instead of rushing to clean and yelling at the kids, turn cleaning into a game instead. Put on some fun music and dance while you whirl about the room picking up. Pretty soon, you’ll all be laughing and smiling, and the house will be clean too!

Try this trick with other less-than-fun chores. The other parents will envy how easily your kids respond to your requests. 

The Power of a Smile Is Real!

A smile seems like a small thing, but the power of a smile is real and scientifically proven. The more you smile, the happier you’ll feel, and the people around you will feel better too. 

Be present with your kids, and use the power of your smile. They’ll feel safe and secure and grow up well-adjusted and emotionally healthy. Of course, it takes more than a smile, but don’t underestimate how far that smile will take you. 

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Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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