As you know my new book, “Parenting Made Easy – How To Raise Happy Children” comes out in April and I was shocked and really saddened to read that according to the The Children’s Society half a million children across the UK are unhappy.

I am speaking on BBC Radio Tees at 7.45 discussing this disturbing report.

What do you rhink we can do to change things ? How can we help our children feel happier ?

The Children’s Society is calling for a radical new approach to childhood as the charity’s landmark research identifies the keys to children’s happiness.

The Good Childhood Report 2012 (full text, summary), being launched today by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, reveals that at any moment half a million children across the UK are unhappy with their lives.

The report unveils six key priorities needed for a happy childhood, after interviewing more than 30,000 children aged eight to 16.

Children who have low levels of happiness are much less likely to enjoy being at home with their family, feel safe when with their friends, like the way they look and feel positive about their future. Children unhappy in this way are also more likely to be victimised, have eating disorders or be depressed.

Key findings

Key findings in the Good Childhood Report 2012