The Happiness Revolution: Best Gift For Your Child is a youth-led initiative organised by three NTU final-year students and supported by the Health Promotion Board (HPB).
The Happiness Revolution (THR) is a movement for a happier, stronger society, starting from young. This year, THR seeks to expand its outreach to raise awareness among parents about the importance of their child’s mental well-being.
The best gift for your child is to equip them with the right skills and knowledge to become a happy and flourishing child; including social and emotional intelligence at home and at play.
Join our revolution – guide your child to a happier tomorrow!
Here is a section for you to confess anything anonymously! From the challenges and frustrations you face to any helpful tips you might want to share with fellow parents.
For children and teens, feel free to also share your views on happiness. We would love to hear from you too!
Submit yours below too!
I find it difficult to communicate with my 2 kids, 1 in primary school and the other in secondary school. They seem to always be on their electronic gadgets and prefer to talk to their friends instead of us. I wonder if I should confiscate their phones, but will that make me resent me??
I am a working parent with 2 children. Due to my work commitments, I am often home late and as a result, I don’t get to spend much time with my children. I wish I could have more time in a day so I can balance my work and family life.
As parents of today, we are often torn between the need to earn a living and spending time with our family. Unfortunately, the latter almost always ends up being sacrificed.
Being a ftwm just makes me feel stressed and unhappy. The hours are not long but even a 8 to 5 job robs you of so much time joy and patience. No help from extended family either. Makes me feel like I can’t teach my child to be happy and resilient when I don’t have what it takes. I can choose to stay at home but at what price? Will my skills still be relevant 6 years down the road? Will I have enough money to grow old? Can I depend on my other half to bring home enough bacon? Breaking out of this mindset of scacity and worry is just so difficult.what am I passing along to my kid?
I’m glad to always set aside some time to bond with my 1 yr old daughter. Though she is very young im sure she can understand our love for her. She has developed strong affections and always displays her love for us by kissing and hugging us. She also does that to her soft toys, young children and animals. Glad to have impacted her positively since the day she is born.
as a FTWM, i carry alot of guilt… my kids are 1.5 yr old and 3 yr old respectively. Mondays to Fridays, they’re in childcare from 830am – 630pm .. that’s 10 hours each day. I feel that they have more face time with their teachers than me. And I always wonder how they really feel being away from home, if they had the chance to tell me, what would they say?
Though i took a short break for about 10 months to look after my boy when he was born, I do have many regrets by being back at a full time job which requires me to stay out late finishing many work obligations. I have noticed that Sundays become a lazy day if I stay home, therefore, I plan outings with my hubby and child without my helper at hand. This forces me to spend quality time with him which makes up for the time foregone at work.
Like some of the confessions here, I understand the pressure of being a ftwm with kids. It is really difficult to balance my work life and family life and I feel bad for leaving my children to my caretaker during the day. I hardly ever get to see them at all and I feel like I’m not seeing them grow up.
Seems like most parents here have the same problem, myself included. Quitting my job is not possible, wish I could do something about this but there is not much of a solution.
I spend few hours a day with my children but I’m not sure if I am doing enough to help them with their mental health.
What do you think the best gift for your child is? Take a photo pledge to show your commitment towards building your child’s mental wellbeing!
Simply take a photo of your pledge and upload it onto our Facebook page here!
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