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Two Parenting Secrets of the Happy Danes

by Rebecca Eanes on Aug 23rd, 2016

Hygge

Hygge (pronounced hooga) means “to cozy around together.” For the Danes, togetherness is a way of life. They play games together, eat meals together, and enjoy being in each other’s company in a “cozy” atmosphere. Compare this to the overly stressed and busy lives of Americans who barely seem to have time for anything off the “to-do” list. Research shows that quality time spent with friends and family has a huge impact on our happiness, and yet how much quality time are we spending?

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The Danish Way of Parenting book urges us to take a “hygge oath” which can be downloaded from their website. Here are some ways you can begin practicing hygge in your home.

  1. Set aside screen-free together time daily. Turn off the phones and iPad and cozy up together on the couch for a story or around the table for a nice meal. Cultivate a “family first” atmosphere, making it clear that relationships are more important than devices.
  2. Make your special “together time” free of drama and complaints. There are times, such as at a family meeting, when problems can be discussed, but hygge is a time for positivity and gratitude.
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  3. Make it a team effort. Have everyone pitch in to prepare the meal and to clean up afterwards. This promotes the “we” before “me” attitude of hygge.
  4. Cozy up the atmosphere with soft music and candles. Try to keep it simple and encourage the kids to keep it simple as well. Having a ton of toys present will take the children’s attention away from the family, and the goal is to be present and connected with one another.

The Danish Way has much in common with Positive Parenting. This gives me much hope that positive parents are raising a generation of happy kids right here in America and around the world.

 

Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of positive-parents.org and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the author of 3 books. Her newest book, Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, will be released on June 7, 2016 and is available for pre-order now. The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting and a co-authored book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early Childhood are both best-sellers in their categories on Amazon. She is the grateful mother to 2 boys. 

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