Whenever I post photos of S, at least one person comments on how she’s always so happy. Here are five reasons I believe that is so:

5 reasons my kid is always happy


1. I don’t take photos when she cries – of course she’s smiling in every photo I post; I don’t take photos of her when she’s having a bad time or upset or crying. There are 24 hours in every day, and not all of them are perfect. Many of them are pretty close to perfect though, and it’s those times the camera comes out.

2. She’s two – what does she have to be sad about? She doesn’t understand things like “recession” or “UKIP” or “debit interest.” As far as she’s concerned, she has her favour reindeer socks to wear to bed, and her favourite teddy goes everywhere with her. The world is her oyster and everything is just peachy.

3. I tickle her. A lot. – It’s easy to get a photo of a child smiling – just tickle ’em! Or show them a video of a doggy. If it’s S, all she needs is to see the bin lorry out of the window, and that’s her day made. Most children are easily pleased; of course they’re always happy, if something as simple as seeing a dog in the street will brighten their day. I think adults can learn a lot from this one!

4. I don’t punish her.I don’t believe in punishing a toddler for having a hard time in understanding the world. We don’t do the naughty step or time outs. S rarely tantrums, and when she does it’s never met with a chorus of “do as you’re told/stop acting out/don’t be so silly /go and sit in the corner on your own and think about what you’ve done.” I believe that allows both of us to move past whatever has been bothering her that much more quickly, and get back to the serious business of having fun.

5. We do hugs. – S gets approximately eleventy billion hugs a day. She sleeps in my bed and gets cuddles all night, when she needs them. She gets cuddles where she runs into my arm and narrowly avoids headbutting me (if I move my head quickly enough); she gets cuddles where she sidles up next to me and pulls my arm around her; cuddles where she comes and sits on my lap; cuddles where I help her with a toy and steal one when she’s not expecting it. The best cuddles are when I go to pick her up from nursery, and she’s super excited to see me. I am her world, and she is mine. When she’s here, I’m smiling. When I’m here, she usually is smiling too. And then I take a photo.


Mums' Days

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Natasha · 20/02/2015 at 08:33

Lovely photo and great list…I resonated with every one! My S doesn’t get punished either (although I’ve sometimes had to raise my voice) and we have a lots of big and small cuddles and tickling. Rarely tantruming though?! You got lucky with that one :) xx #TheList

Jules · 20/02/2015 at 13:14

Ha hugs and tickles make everyone happy, especially babys. I swear all my boy needs is food, hugs and tickles. Lovely sweet list #thelist

Tin Box Traveller · 20/02/2015 at 21:53

Oh, to be two again! And you are right about tickles and hugs – they sort everything out :) #TheList

Sarah · 22/02/2015 at 00:12

I love your quote “I am her world and she is mine” and can totally relate. My little girl is my best friend and I could never imagine punishing her to sitting her on a “naughty chair”. You wouldn’t do it to a friend, why do it to your child?!

Megan - truly madly kids · 22/02/2015 at 20:33

A gorgeously positive post! I love that photo of her too #thelist

Mim · 23/02/2015 at 19:14

Ha ha aww I love this list – great ‘tips’! Yes, we also only take smiley photos on the whole – the odd crying one can sometimes be a liiiiittle bit funny. She’s so adorable :) :) #TheList

Hannah Mums' Days · 26/02/2015 at 13:42

I love that! ‘She doesn’t understand things like “recession” and “UKIP”‘ – hehee! Lucky her :) Lovely post xx

thanks for linking up to #thelist xxx

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