We can be imperfect and it won’t scar our children. Really! (But they reserve the right to hold it against us at a later date!)
Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps For More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents
“This is THE parenting book. This is the one to read over and over. So much wisdom and empathy, all based in real science. My children owe Christine Carter big time.”
—Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place and Lift
“Raising Happiness is an elegant, funny, and rigorous handbook for the humbling task of raising joyful children. Brimming with brilliantly distilled science, poignant stories from her family, and what parents so urgently seek — clear, practical, and informed guidance — it is an encyclopedia of wisdom for raising children in today’s multitasking, multimedia world. Christine Carter offers thoughtful approaches to raising more grateful, playful, mindful children and she provides practical tips for how to handle the conflicts of siblings, the challenges of the new media, and countering the pressures of perfectionism and materialism. In reading this engaging book, you are very likely to find yourself a bit happier as well.”
—Dacher Keltner, Founder & Faculty Director, Greater Good Science Center
“The learning curve for all parents is in failure analysis—where and how we went off course—and how we can do better the next go round. Enter Raising Happiness, a compendium of ideas and suggestions on how to do better and how to increase happiness and joy in all families. Read it, enjoy, and most importantly, put it into practice.”
—Mike Riera, Ph.D., author of Field Guide to the American Teenager and Right From Wrong
What do we wish most for our children?
Next to being healthy, we want them to be happy, of course. Fortunately, a wide array of scientific studies show that happiness is a learned behavior, a muscle that we can help our children build and maintain. Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience have proven about confidence, gratefulness, and optimism, and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real world adventures as a mom to demonstrate do’s and don’ts in action, Christine Carter, PhD, boils the process down to 10 simple, happiness-inducing steps.
With great wit, wisdom, and compassion, Carter covers the day to day pressure points of parenting—how best to discipline, get to school and activities on time, and get dinner on the table—as well as the more elusive issues of helping kids build healthy friendships and develop emotional intelligence. In these 10 key steps, she helps you interact confidently and consistently with your kids to foster the skills, habits, and mindsets that will set the stage for positive emotions now and into their adolescence and beyond. Inside you will discover:
- the best way to avoid raising a brat—changing bad habits into good ones.
- tips on how to change your kids’ attitude into gratitude.
- the trap of trying to be perfect—and how to stay clear of its pitfalls.
- the right way to praise kids—and why too much of the wrong kind can be just as bad as not enough.
- the spirit of kindness—how to raise kind, compassionate, and loving children.
- strategies for inspiring kids to do boring (but necessary) tasks-and become more self motivated in the process.
Complete with “try this,” science-made-simple tips, scripts, and strategies, Raising Happiness is a one-of-a-kind resource that will help you instill joy in your kids, and, in the process, become more joyful yourself.
Additional Raising Happiness Resources
Spanish and Chinese versions are also available!
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“Confidence that comes from never having been burned is different from confidence that comes from having been in situations where it all went wrong.” —South African adventurer Boyd Varty
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