Half of Parents Fear for Children’s Happiness - Press Release
Parents’ biggest fear for their children is their future happiness. That’s according a recent poll conducted by the UK’s first Children’s Happiness Coach, Simon Benn, to mark Children’s Mental Health Week (starts 05 Feb), which asked parents about their hopes, dreams and fears for their offspring.
Nearly half (46%) of parents worry often or all the time about their kids’ future happiness, with only 6% never thinking about it.
A close second was bullying with more than 1 in 3 parents concerned about this issue often or all the time.
In contrast, parents proved least anxious about their children’s school results and their attitude at school, with this rated bottom of the table.
Simon Benn, the Children’s Happiness Coach, said: “A whopping 71 % of parents would consider some external help with their child’s happiness. A result like this demonstrates just how far attitudes have changed. Helping children understand that happiness, likes all feelings, comes from our thoughts empowers them to be happy. The earlier they can learn these skills the better.”
The Children’s Happiness coach has developed a toolkit to help kids be happier, more confident and resilient to bullying. Using a mindset metaphor called The Juicer - the fantastic feeling machine - he gets 7 -11 year old children to play games and take part in activities that boost their mental health and emotional well-being.
Benn added: “In a nutshell children learn how to put happy apples, confident coconuts and resilient raspberries into the Juicer – their brains – to make happy, confident and resilient juicy feelings! They also learn how to put smiley strawberries into their Juicer so they can stop feeling sad. Every Juicer has a lid, which kids ‘put on’ to stop bullies throwing in rotten raspberries, so other children can’t upset them.”
“Explaining this isn’t enough! It’s like learning to ride a bike – you have to experience it yourself!”
Over a thousand children have already benefited from the Happiness Coach’s games and activities. They’re happy and confident an extra two hours a day, while 95% say they can now change how they feel more easily. Parents can download a free Juicer comic for their child at www.simonbenn.co.uk
One parent epitomised the feeling of the many when she said: “My dream is that my child grows up with the confidence of someone who is happy unconditionally and knows her own priceless value enough not to seek approval from external sources that cause the feeling of insecurity.”
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Notes to editors
- Survey results available on request
- Free comic download available at www.simonbenn.co.uk
- Professor Jonathan Bradshaw, Global authority on Children’s Wellbeing from the University of York describes The Children’s Happiness Coach as simply: “Remarkable”
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