Involving your partner in parenting

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Involving your partner in parenting

It really benefits kids when they have a dad or a father figure involved in their lives. And oftentimes, there are things that mothers can do to encourage dads or other father figures to be involved with their kids. And the first thing that they can do is just to really make it a priority to recognize that this can be a great benefit to kids across the board, at school, emotionally. That kids tend to be happier and do better when they have a father figure in their lives. Now, a lot of moms have a hard time with the way that dads do things and to that I would say we have a lot of good research that shows that dads do do things a little bit differently with kids and kids behave really differently with their dads a lot of the time. But those differences can be really positive for kids. They learn different things and they learn how to respond differently in a different environment. And so, a relationship with their father or with another father figure can be a really big gift that a mom gives to her children.
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Christine Carter, PhD

Sociologist & Happiness Expert

A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, PhD is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog for Greater Good, which is syndicated on the Huffington Post and Carter has helped thousands of parents find more joy in their parenting while raising happy, successful and resilient kids. Known for her parenting and relationship advice, Carter draws on psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and uses her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts in action.

After receiving her B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she was a Senior Fellow, Dr. Carter worked in marketing management and school administration, going on to receive her PhD. in sociology from UC Berkeley. Dr. Carter has been quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications. She has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “TODAY” show, the “Rachael Ray Morning Show,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and NPR.

Carter has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of events and professional groups. In 2010, she received an award from the Council on Contemporary Families for her outstanding science-based reporting on family issues. In 2011 she won Red Tricycle’s award for the “Most Awesome Parent Education,” and so far in 2012 she has been nominated for a Bammy Award and for an award from the American Sociological Association for public sociology.

Dr. Carter teaches parenting classes online throughout the year to a global audience on She lives with her family in Berkeley, CA.

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