Maximise Your Child’s Happiness

A concise guide to protecting their mental health

Non-Fiction - Parenting
118 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2023
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Raising children and ensuring they grow up to be well-rounded individuals who live happy and fulfilling lives can be challenging for any parent. In the modern age, especially with the advent of social media, even newer challenges have emerged for parents to keep their children protected and safe. Jennie Segar is a teacher and governess with over three decades of experience working with children, learning parenting techniques and methods from different cultures worldwide. In Maximise Your Child's Happiness, she offers practices and activities for parents to help their kids build upon their character strengths, boost their confidence, raise their resilience in the face of adversity, and negate their anxiety and stress. The book introduces the different kinds of strengths your child possesses and shows ways to enhance them to attain happiness.

Maximise Your Child's Happiness is one of those books that is a must-read for parents in the 21st century. Author Jennie Segar addresses some crucial issues to help readers maximize their child's inner potential and nurture a warm and caring environment wherein they can prosper and find happiness. The book is well-researched, and Segar uses personal anecdotes and her own experiences of dealing with children to provide activities for parents to engage in with their children. The book also explores the different types of character strengths, such as Wisdom and Knowledge, Courage, Humanity, Justice, Temperance, and Transcendence. So grab and copy and ensure your child finds the best environment to thrive in and be happy.

Jennie More

Maximise Your Child’s Happiness by Jennie Segar is a three-part book covering how parents can help children understand their strengths and build a solid foundation to explore what makes them happy. Part 2 focuses on the problematic experiences or temptations children experience, like sex, alcohol and drug usage, bullying, online activity, and other complex topics like losing a loved one or moving house or school. Part 2 gives parents helpful advice on how to broach these topics with their children in a way that ensures they will remain comfortable speaking to them when they face challenges in life. Part 3 is about how to box all those special moments of happiness that resulted from harnessing their strengths and how to reaccess those moments by surrounding themselves with reminders of happy memories, occasions, experiences, or gifts.

Maximise Your Child’s Happiness by Jennie Segar is an engaging, meaningful, and resourceful book that guides parents on communicating about critical topics with their children while maintaining their sense of joy by equipping them with the tools to identify and sustain their happiness. I found this book easy to read, with helpful tips, activities, and advice about topical issues that children face today. All the activities are simple and accessible, making this a good resource for parents. I particularly enjoyed the advice on online safety, bullying, and simple things like moving house/school and maintaining a child’s stability through significant changes that parents may not have considered. I found this book to be a valuable and enjoyable read.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Maximize Your Child’s Happiness by Jennie Segar explains tactics caregivers may employ to make children feel happier, safer, and more resilient as they grow. The text is divided into parts labeled H-U-G so readers may highlight and help children form strengths, understand hard subjects, use developmentally appropriate ways to approach them, and "gather happiness" by creating projects that help them focus and reflect on joy when needed. With information compiled by Peterson and Seligman, Segar points out twenty-four character strengths with detailed explanations and examples and provides suggestions for their application.

Jennie Segar’s powerful book may shift a reader’s perspective and focus it on the best practices for raising emotionally stable children. Caregivers can also discover things about themselves as they read by applying the techniques to their lives and modeling the behavior. The book is enhanced with action sections that include discussions and activities that will help open the most trying conversations. The author communicates good advice for difficult topics, like the introduction of sexual education and online safety, and points out the need to cite a child’s strengths, the power of affirmations, and the benefit of practicing mindfulness. Readers can feel confident about applying the concepts from Segar’s book as she has spent years observing and working with children in varying environments. Maximize Your Child’s Happiness is a must-read for any caregiver who hopes to give the child in their life the best emotional skills for growth and adaptability in the world’s current social climate.