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Ten 2008 Tips for Raising Happy Kids

January 6, 2009 | The Main Dish, Posts with Videos | 2 comments

  1. Replace Your Kids' Annoying Behaviors with Happiness Habits

    Some of the most irritating things our kids do (whining and tattling come to mind) are nothing more than bad habits, and as we all know, bad habits are tough to break! Science has shown that people who are successful in making changes do it in 5 very specific stages.

    Happiness on Auto-Pilot
    Why rewards are rewarding
    The stages of change
    Lapse & Relapse

  2. Nip Materialism in the Bud

    As we emerge from a season of gluttony and consumption, let's refocus our kids on the things that really do create happiness.

    Video: Materialism v. Altruism
    How Do You Really Feel About the Holidays?
    Happiness is being socially connected

  3. Teach Your Kids How to Fight

    Conflict is entirely necessary for intellectual, emotional, and even moral growth. However, kids don't know how to settle disputes constructively until we teach them.

    Conflict: It's a Good Thing
    10 Steps to peace in your household
    Marital Fighting Posting
    TV Clip: How to Fight with Your Co-parent

  4. Foster Forgiveness

    Unforgiving people tend to be hateful, angry, and hostile—which also makes
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    them anxious, depressed, and neurotic. So unless we are okay with our children embodying those qualities, we need to teach them how and why to forgive others.

    Forgive… And Feel Happier

  5. Eat Dinner Together

    Even if you are crazy busy, eating together is important for kids' success and happiness. Mealtime can be a routine rich with meaning that combines the basic human needs of emotional nurturance and physical nutrition.

    Video: The Value of Family Dinners – Part I
    Video: The Value of Family Dinners – Part II
    What Kids Learn During Family Meals
    Making Mealtime Worth the Effort

  6. Cancel Your Cable

    Television brings little or no benefits, but it replaces activities that do make kids happier, healthier, and smarter.

    Video: Turn Off the Boob Tube
    How Much "Screen Time" is Too Much?
    Play and Academic Success

  7. Cultivate Creativity

    Contrary to popular belief, creativity is more skill than inborn talent, and it is a skill parents can help their kids develop. Because it is a key to success in nearly everything we do, creativity is a key component of success and happiness.

    7 Ways to Foster Creativity in Your Kids
    Play and Academic Success
    Video: The Power of "Child's Play

  8. Just Say No to Perfectionism

    A lot of people incorrectly assume that perfectionism propels kids to the top of their class, their teams, and eventually their fields. But to the contrary, research shows that perfectionism tends to detract from success.

    Perfectionism is a Disease
    How Parents Can Propel Their Kids Towards Perfectionism
    How to Help Undo Your Kids Perfectionism
    TV Clip: Letting Go of Being Perfect

  9. Be Like Obama: Breed Hope

    Optimism is so closely related to happiness that the two can practically be equated. And guess what? Optimism is a teachable skill.

    Raising Optimistic Kids
    The Benefits of Optimism

  10. Consciously Practice Gratitude

    I think this is the most important happiness habit in the history of the universe.

    Video: How Not to Raise an Ungrateful Brat
    Gratitude is an Attitude
    Teaching Gratitude in a Culture of Entitlement

    Speaking of gratitude: I am very grateful to have completed my first year as a blogger! Writing this blog is among the most satisfying things I've ever done, and so I'm so thankful to all of you who read and comment and ask questions. I am also eternally grateful to Kelly Corrigan, who helped me launch Half Full in late 2007 (see these videos).

    My New Year's Resolutions? One is to do a better job responding to your emails and questions. So send 'em my way!

    © 2008 Christine Carter, Ph.D.

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Private: Radio: Is Happiness a Skill?

December 26, 2008 | | 0 comments

Christine speaks about whether happiness is a skill on Ronna Renner's radio show, Childhood Matters.

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May Your Holiday Glass Be Half Full…

December 23, 2008 | The Main Dish, Posts with Videos | 1 comment

Though this is a stressful time of year – this year perhaps more than ever – it is finally time to kick back and enjoy our families over the holidays. Two things to remember:

  1. A crazy pile of presents isn't going to make your kids lastingly happy, so let it go if that last gift you ordered online never came. (Or if you weren't able to buy gifts this year.) Kids who focus on materialistic stuff aren't as happy as others, and they are more likely to get sick and have behavior problems. Use this time to refocus kids on the things that really matter.

  2. Time with you, their loving and joyful parents, IS quite likely to contribute to their long-term well being. What kids really want, and need, is your love and attention. (Yes, even your moody teenagers.) The holidays spawn loads of family traditions—baking cookies, picking out a tree, caroling, parties to catch up with people you love, watching Christmas specials on TV, lighting the Menorah. Family traditions and togetherness DO offer lasting happiness. Social scientists have studied this specifically, and they've found that the people who spend more time with family (and also those who have more religious experiences) during the holidays are happier than those who focus on gifts.

If you are a part of the 1 million plus people loving Kelly Corrigan right now (because you watched the video in my last posting about strong women), you'll like this holiday video about her family's holiday traditions. (I'm it in too, espousing the science of raising happy kids over the holidays.)


How to Make Your Holidays Happy

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