Raising Happiness

10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents

by Christine Carter

Number of pages: 256

Publisher: Ballantine Books

BBB Library: Parenting

ISBN: 9780345515612



About the Author

A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D. Known for her happiness advice, Carter draws on psychology, sociology, and neuroscience, and uses her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts in action.

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Editorial Review

We parents want our children to grow into happy adults—but the trouble is sometimes we feel as though our children’s personalities are already more or less set in genetic stone. The good news is that we actually do have a lot of influence. Parenting practices have a tremendous effect on children’s emotional outlook on life.  Personality isn’t predetermined at birth, and neither is happiness. Nearly half—may be more—of the factors that determine children’s happiness can be attributed to the environments in which they are raised. So there is a lot that we can do to ensure our children’s happiness—and therefore ours; because when you teach your kid the skills they need to be happy, you’ll become happier yourself in the process.

Book Reviews

"What really keeps this book from being treacly and obvious are the glimpses into Carter’s own frenetic household, starring her two young daughters who scream “Why would a mother hurt her child’s body?” when Carter uses the time-honored “grocery store grab” above the elbow. If you’ve ever run up against a child who digs in her heels when you try to assert control, these episodes will be both familiar and amusing. More importantly, Carter’s solutions make sense." - Scholastic

"There is a rich deposit of wisdom on these pages as Carter shares the necessity for a dinnertime routine that works, the challenges of modeling kindness, the perils of perfectionism, the science of happy endings, and why play is so important" - Spirituality Practice

"This is a book I’ll be keeping on the shelf for years to come." - Joyful toddlers

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