Raising kind children

Sociologist & Happiness Expert, Christine Carter, PHD, shares expert advice for parents on ways to raise a kind child through open loving communication
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Raising kind children

I think that there is really a lot that parents can do to raise kind children. The first step is to acknowledge that what you want is to raise a kind child. The second part is to just start having conversations about kindness with your kids. At dinnertime or if you have a long car drive, ask them two questions. What kind thing did you do today, and what kind thing did somebody do for you? These are great conversation starters about what kindness is. They can have an affect of broadening or giving kindness vocabulary, or doing something big, like volunteering. The benefit there, is that kids feel really good when they are kind to one another. That will be the reward in itself. Kids will become more and more kind as they learn different ways to be kind and they learn how good it feels to reach out to somebody else.

Sociologist & Happiness Expert, Christine Carter, PHD, shares expert advice for parents on ways to raise a kind child through open loving communication


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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 PsychologyToday.com. 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 raisinghappiness.com. She lives with her family in Berkeley, CA.

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