Better Living Institute » Happy Kids Podcast



In this light and often zany podcast, we share our good times with our grandkids! Parents and grandparents alike will enjoy the tips and tricks of creating happiness in planned activities that are simple and fun! Our podcast is guaranteed to bring smiles and laughter all-around to you and your family. Tune-in and learn something new, then share your ideas with us and well give you a plug on a future show. All of our kids happiness grows by leaps-and-bounds when grownups provide activities that bring joy to life. The bonus is that these fun activities are neither elaborate nor expensive!


  • Making A Vision Board With Kids!

    23/09/2015 Duración: 22min

    Vision boards aren’t just for grownups! The positive gains that grownups get from making and then viewing their own vision board each day can be had by kids, too. In fact, kids can build life-long visualization habits by learning to … Continue reading →

  • 12 Steps to Competence!

    05/09/2015 Duración: 23min

    Kids need lots of opportunities to find their strengths and learn to take safe risks. You also need to guide them in their decision making but, ultimately, let them resolve many things on their own. This is the way to … Continue reading →

  • Funny Bone Books!

    25/08/2015 Duración: 16min

    Kids not only do humorous things, but they are great humor barometers. When something strikes their funny bone, they will laugh and laugh without any reserve. They like to giggle and repeat silly phrases and exaggerate them over and over. … Continue reading →

  • Create A Baking Play Day!

    17/08/2015 Duración: 21min

    If you want to see smiles and hear laughter in your house, have a baking play day with your kids and grandkids! The happy memories will last-and-last, especially if you take lots of pictures with your smart phone—and a video … Continue reading →

  • Teaching Kids to Meditate

    05/08/2015 Duración: 23min

    Children are born to copy our behavior. If were stressed-out, out-of-control, impatient, short-tempered, sarcastic—we’re teaching our kids to be the same. But if we’re loving, supportive, praising, patient, calming, harmonious—we’re teaching our kids to be that. Which kind of adult … Continue reading →

  • Making a Collage from Nature

    20/07/2015 Duración: 16min

    All kids love to collect things when they’re outside. Pretty stones (and even plain ones), dead leaves, sticks, robin’s blue egg shells, sea shells, driftwood; the list is endless. It’s usually a matter of what catches their eye in the … Continue reading →

  • We’re Going On a Treasure Hunt!

    12/07/2015 Duración: 23min

    Kids love to play games and to win. Treasure hunts allow them the opportunity to win, either as individuals, or in a group. You can have a treasure hunt right at home, in your yard, or just about anywhere. And … Continue reading →

  • Kids Love Puppets!

    30/06/2015 Duración: 22min

    Puppets are enjoyed the world over by kids of all ages, especially since the fuzzy, stuffed-animal hand puppets are being sold. There are hundreds of different designs, sizes, and colors available. Most big-box department stores have them at a very … Continue reading →

  • Kids Are Happy Rippin’ and Rompin’

    14/06/2015 Duración: 22min

    It doesn’t really matter how kids move, as long as they move! It’s much easier to get them movin’ and rippin’ and rompin’ if they’re encouraged to do fun activities. All it takes is a little research, a little planning, … Continue reading →

  • Happy Kids Have Healthy Self-Esteem

    01/06/2015 Duración: 15min

    What is healthy self-esteem? It can be defined as feeling capable while also feeling loved. Self-esteem is similar to self-worth—how much a person values himself or herself. This can change from day-to-day and from year-to-year, but, overall, self-esteem tends to … Continue reading →

  • Happy Parents Have Happier Kids

    26/05/2015 Duración: 16min

    Laughter is contagious, and now research shows that happiness is too—especially in your family. Happy parents have happier kids than the norm. What’s more: parents at the other extreme—negative, depressed, unhappy—often have children that act out, and have other behavior … Continue reading →

  • Dance Helps Kids Succeed!

    14/05/2015 Duración: 20min

    Practically all kids love to dance. It’s the earliest form of self-expression and creativity. Dance comes long before verbal expression and helps all humans—young and old alike—to find success in many areas of life, and especially in growing up. Listen … Continue reading →

  • Kids Like Being Helpers

    30/04/2015 Duración: 24min

    Kids are natural-born helpers. They want to contribute to their family and they “love” to be called “helpers.” However—most of all—they like to be asked, not told. So, instead of saying, “Go get that,” or “Pick that up,” say, “Would … Continue reading →

  • Magic Makes Kids Happy

    21/04/2015 Duración: 27min

    Why do kids love magic so much? One reason is that magic can suspend their belief in their rational world. Instantly, magic can transport them to a “Magic World” where the impossible is suddenly possible. Kids also have very vivid … Continue reading →

  • Unstructured Play Helps Kids Feel Happy


    Unstructured play can occur nearly anywhere. All it takes is kids, imagination, and some patience from the grownups. Kids at play are happiest when inventing their own games and re-inventing rules for old games. Free form play is a big … Continue reading →

  • Music Tames the Savage Child


    Kira and Bill Van Ittersum believe that kids and music go together like hot dogs and buns. When the Van Ittersum grandkids start acting up and acting out, Grandma and Papa steer them toward their favorite tunes; because they know … Continue reading →

  • Fun With Tents


    You can test this out, and you’re encouraged to do so, but Kira and Bill Van Ittersum think playing in tents is one of those really simple pleasures in life. They believe that nearly every child could and would enjoy … Continue reading →

  • Music to Our Ears


    “What’s that noise?” Wee ones come marching with instruments in hand—through the hallway, around the living room, into the dining room, on to the kitchen, around the island. Stomp! Stomp! Stomp to the beat! And, oh what a loud beat … Continue reading →

  • Our Grandkid’s Christmas Tree


    Listen in as Kira and Bill Van Ittersum talk about the “joy of allowing” as they explain how the project of decorating their Christmas tree truly became child’s play. Kids can do amazing things—as they demonstrated while sharing in this … Continue reading →

  • An Introduction to the Happy Kids Podcast


    In this light and often zany podcast, Kira and Bill Van Ittersum are having fun! They’re sharing the experience of happiness however it is landing on them at the moment and encouraging you to do the same. All of our … Continue reading →