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GGSC Senior Fellow Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of the new book The Sweet Spot.

Articles: 32 Tips for My Daughter Before She Leaves Home

By Christine Carter | September 1, 2015

Here are the things Christine Carter hopes her little girl has learned before she goes out into the world.


Articles: Is Becoming a Parent Really Worse than Losing Your Spouse?

By Jill Suttie | August 17, 2015

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.


Articles: Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Kids

By Jason Marsh, Vicki Zakrzewski | July 14, 2015

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 Memorable

By 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?


Articles: Helping Kids Overcome the Bystander Effect

By Kira M. Newman | May 18, 2015

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.

GGSC Senior Fellow Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of the new book The Sweet Spot.

Articles: How Being a Stepmom Makes Me a Better Parent

By Christine Carter | May 5, 2015

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 Purpose

By 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.


Articles: Can Self-Compassion Improve Well-Being in Teens?

By Emily Campbell | April 2, 2015

Two new studies investigate self-compassion in adolescents.

A Becoming a Man group therapy session

Articles: How to Forge a Mentoring Relationship

By 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.


Articles: Emotional Intelligence Needs a Moral Rudder

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 22, 2015

Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.

Tris in the film version of Divergent

Articles: Want Success and Happiness? Be Divergent, Not Perfect

By Christine Carter | January 19, 2015

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 Parents

By 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?


Articles: Starved for Time? Here’s a Surprising—and Easy—Solution

By Christine Carter | November 4, 2014

Christine Carter explains how "doing nothing" could be a key to happiness... and productivity.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,  2014, 272 pages

Articles: The Teenage Opportunity

By Diana Divecha | October 28, 2014

A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.


Articles: The Battle Between Success and Compassion

By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 17, 2014

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 Bullying

By 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.

DeCapo Press, 2014, 268 pages

Articles: Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled Child

By Jill Suttie | August 14, 2014

A new book questions claims that today's kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations.


Articles: How the Teen Brain Transforms Relationships

By Daniel Siegel | August 12, 2014

Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.

Our Mindful Mondays series provides ongoing coverage of the exploding field of mindfulness research.

Articles: Eight Tips for Teaching Mindfulness in High School

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | August 11, 2014

A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.

Rodrigo Guzman and his parents in Mexico

Articles: How to Foster Empathy for Immigrants

By 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?

Routledge, 2014, 158 pages.

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.


Articles: Five Tips for Helping Teens Manage Technology

By Diana Divecha | June 25, 2014

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.

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy speaks during a June 9 event on working fathers at the White House.

Articles: Three Steps to a Father-Friendly Workplace

By Mike Wallberg | June 11, 2014

Forget the ties and power tools! New research says that today's dads want something else for Father's Day: paid leave and flextime.

Our Mindful Mondays series provides ongoing coverage of the exploding field of mindfulness research.

Articles: Self-Compassionate Parents, Happier Teens

By Emily Nauman | June 9, 2014

A new study finds that children of mindfully self-compassionate parents tend to have lower rates of anxiety and depression.

New Harbinger, 2014, 199 pages

Articles: How Parents Can Keep Their Cool

By 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.


Articles: How to Help First-Generation College Students Succeed

By Neil Si-Jia Zhang | April 23, 2014

A new study examines the psychological challenges faced by students whose parents didn't go to college.


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