On The Couch
Published in

On The Couch

Don’t Tell Your Kids You Want Them to be Happy. Say This Instead.

You’ll be doing them a favour.

Image by Pixabay

We send our kids out into the world armed with two goals.

  • I just want you to be happy.
  • Do what you’re passionate about.

We are well-intentioned when we do this. We release them into fledgling adulthood and, even if we don’t…




Practical psychology for everyday life. Owned/Edited by clinical psychologist and writer Karen Nimmo.

Recommended from Medium

Happy Accidents

Lessons I’ve Learned about Self-Care by Being a Musician

Student Perspective On Minimalism

Let’s Start Making Stuff for No Reason

Psychic in Hornbeak TN 38232

The Beauty of Imperfection : The Perils Of Perfectionism and How To Avoid it

End of the Decade — Retrospection

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Karen Nimmo

Karen Nimmo

Clinical psychologist, writer. Editor of On the Couch: Practical psychology for everyday life. karen@onthecouch.co.nz

More from Medium

When Feeling Emotional, Ask Yourself This

What the Most Negative Person I Ever Met Taught Me

3 Ways You Are Unknowingly Disrespectful to the People Around You

5 Strategies That Help Me Avoid Social Depletion as an Introvert