Here are the things Christine Carter hopes her little girl has learned before she goes out into the world.
Stories for... Parents
Media coverage of a new study suggests that parenting makes you really unhappy. But is that true?
Articles: Are We Born Vengeful?By Jenn Director Knudsen | July 27, 2015
A new study explores whether children are quicker to comfort a victim or punish the thief—and what this might reveal about human nature.
The new Pixar film has moved viewers young and old to take a look inside their own minds.
Articles: Please Stop Interrupting Me!By Christine Carter | June 24, 2015
Why interruptions make us irritable, anxious, and unproductive.
Articles: How to Make Dads MemorableBy Scott Behson | June 18, 2015
When so much of the work of parenthood goes unnoticed, how do we remember our fathers on Father's Day?
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
The children of Christine Carter's husband have taught her to give her own kids a little more space.
Articles: How to Help Teens Find PurposeBy Patrick Cook-Deegan | April 16, 2015
Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.
Two new studies investigate self-compassion in adolescents.
Articles: How to Forge a Mentoring RelationshipBy Patrick Cook-Deegan | February 17, 2015
Intergenerational mentoring carries many benefits, but it's becoming more and more rare. Here are some tips for renewing an age-old practice.
Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.
True happiness and satisfaction are found in balance, says Christine Carter, not in the unyielding pursuit of an impossible ideal.
Articles: The Cost of Blaming ParentsBy Joshua Coleman, Carolyn Pape Cowan, Philip A. Cowan | December 23, 2014
Anger toward parents is still at the heart of a great deal of therapy. But has this approach gone too far?
Christine Carter explains how "doing nothing" could be a key to happiness... and productivity.
Articles: The Teenage OpportunityBy Diana Divecha | October 28, 2014
A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.
If adults want to raise caring kids, research suggests they might need to start by examining the mixed messages they’re sending to kids.
Articles: Eight Keys to End BullyingBy Signe Whitson | August 26, 2014
Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.
Articles: What Makes a Happy Parent?By Emily Nauman | August 19, 2014
Are parents really less happy than non-parents, as many recent books and studies have suggested? New research finds that the truth is surprising and complicated.
Articles: Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled ChildBy Jill Suttie | August 14, 2014
A new book questions claims that today's kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations.
Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.
A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.
Articles: How to Foster Empathy for ImmigrantsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | August 6, 2014
Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?
Articles: Why Won’t Your Teen Talk To You?By Jill Suttie | July 30, 2014
A new book explains the many reasons why teens seem to shut down, even when they especially need parental support.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to guiding teens’ technology use, but it helps to understand both the technology and normal brain development.
Forget the ties and power tools! New research says that today's dads want something else for Father's Day: paid leave and flextime.
A new study finds that children of mindfully self-compassionate parents tend to have lower rates of anxiety and depression.
Articles: How Parents Can Keep Their CoolBy Jill Suttie | June 3, 2014
Two new books tackle the problem of raising difficult kids, offering solutions that are both more compassionate and successful than harsh discipline.
Articles: Should Motherhood Be a Thankless Job?By Jill Suttie | May 7, 2014
New research suggests that Mother's Day gratitude isn't just good for Mom—it can be good for the kids, too.
A new study examines the psychological challenges faced by students whose parents didn't go to college.
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.
A new study suggests that "thank you" can protect marriages from the toxic effects of conflict.
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