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.
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.
Optimists are happier, healthier, and more successful.
Want to know what happens to our nervous systems when all we do is check things off our task lists? Rona and I talk about a major happiness killer: busyness. If you feel too busy, or even overwhelmed, this podcast is for you.
Research shows that mindfulness and meditation counter depression and anxiety—and the stress of our crazy busy lives. Listen to this week’s podcast to learn a simple “loving-kindness” meditation you can do alone or with your kids.
Tired of kids fighting? Wishing you weren’t feeling so edgy? Wanting a little peace in a world that is CrazyBusy? Especially if you are new to mindfulness, this podcast will give you some tips to get started being a more mindful—and patient!—parent.
You may know what you need to do to be happy, but do you know how to do it? Rona and I discuss (and sometimes disagree) about the difference between intending to change, and actually having the skills and the brain power to do it.
We all sometimes want others to change—especially our children. But does it work to criticize ourselves and others? Rona and I discuss the approach that research shows works best.
Our children are increasingly pushed to achieve, achieve, achieve. Will this make their lives successful, happy, and meaningful? Rona and I discuss the ways that ambition brings happiness, and how to foster both in our children.
Teachers often come to parents when their children have problems, but sometimes their framing can lead kids to believe that they can’t do something, or that they are failing. Are problems better framed as opportunities and challenges?
Do happy people focus on being more selfless than selfish? Rona and I discuss how self-love and self-compassion differ from selfishness, and how kids’ natural self-centeredness can detract from their happiness.