Greater Good Live
Dr. Christine Carter and Nurse Rona Renner give busy parents tips for raising happy children and leading more joyful lives as parents.
This week, Rona and I take this listener question, from Anna: “I just watched your video about kids needing unstructured playtime. I have a question about how to get my 2 yr old son to play more independently of me. He will sometimes sit and play with his toys, but not for very long. He seems to prefer us to read to him or “entertain” him in some way. How can I encourage independent, imaginative play?”
Rona and I continue last week’s discussion—and specific instruction—for getting into a new habit. Note: I reference (and recommend!) BJ Fogg’s work in this podcast. His website is www.tinyhabits.com.
It’s one thing to know what you want to do to make your life better…and quite another to actually be able to do it. Last week Rona and I discussed the benefits of having a mindfulness or meditation habit; this week we talk about how to establish such a habit, or any other.
Mindfulness is an amazing tool for parents that both Rona and I use all the time. In this podcast, we review what mindful parenting actually is, and discuss our most helpful tips and tricks for being more mindful in everyday life.
Do you say “yes” every time someone asks you to do something? Rona and I discuss reasons to say “no” instead, and reveal our favorite tips for doing so.
Rona and my best tips for smooth-sailing in the morning as we go back-to-school: no yelling, no nagging, and no missed buses.
Continuing our discussion from last week about coaching, Rona and I parse out the difference between encouragement and praise for truly motivating kids.
This is one of my favorite podcasts! I find the wisdom of celebrity athletic coaches that we quote here to be incredibly inspiring. Thinking about my parenting as a type of coaching makes me a better parent.
We’ve all done it: threatened a consequence in the face of our children’s misbehavior that we don’t intend to follow through on. In this podcast, Rona and I discuss why not following through makes our kids insecure, and what we can do instead.
Creativity is an important lifeskill that we can teach kids.