I often think that it must be harder being a kid these days. Today’s children are bombarded with information and this can make them a little bit too knowing before their time.
There seems to be more pressure on them too. I don’t recall having nearly as much homework or tests as my sons do.
They’re both at primary school, but seem to have a similar workload to what I had in the early years of secondary school.
Basically, there seems to be more of a focus on looking ahead rather than the here and now. We should just let kids be kids – happy and carefree.
Step forward Create Your Own Happy by Penny Alexander and Becky Goddard-Hill.
I was pleased to hear about this title for a few reasons. First of all, it addresses the concerns a lot of parents have about their kids’ happiness via fun, engaging activities.
It’s aimed at children in the junior years at primary school, so it will serve my sons well over the next couple of years.
I’m also really pleased to see fellow bloggers getting their names in print. I’ve known Penny and Becky for a number of years and they both really deserve the success I’m sure this book will be.
As its name suggests, Create Your Own Happy has been written to inspire happiness as well as thoughts about emotional wellbeing.
It does this via a range of activities with the logic behind each explained. After all, kids are inquisitive sorts who will naturally want to know how they help.
The book is divided into three main sections. The first suggests activities aimed at building happiness, while the second covers those that spread kindness and happiness to others.
The third is based upon creative actions for a happier world.
To celebrate the launch of Create Your Own Happy, we tried one of the activities. Namely creating a laughter kit.
The boys loved amassing all of the things that make them laugh and putting them together in a box.
In went a couple of joke books, a poo emoji toy, a Smurf toy that sounds like its letting rip when a cord is pulled, a favourite DVD and a couple of practical joke toys.
There were plenty of laughs as they added the items to the box so I’m confident that the contents will cheer them up when they’re not on top form.
Create Your Own Happy is a great book for kids. As well as being full of positive ideas, the tone is spot on. It has a nice, cheerful design too. Thumbs up all round from us!
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Disclosure: I was sent a copy to review and keep. This post also contains an affiliate link.