Episode 14: The Importance of Letting Your Kids Struggle, by Dr. Christine Carter

March 22, 2017

A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home (2015) and Raising Happiness (2011). Drawing on the latest scientific research on positivity, productivity, and elite performance, Carter demonstrates a sweet paradox: by doing less we can actually accomplish more.

A sought-after keynote speaker and executive coach, Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on the HuffingtonPost, PsychologyToday.com, Medium.com, and several other websites.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Christine’s background
  • Why people think success & happiness are at odds
  • Why passion is a particular form of happiness & how kids might be missing it
  • Why you shouldn’t be a helicopter parent
  • Helping your children make transitions and why this is so important
  • How ‘struggle’ helps your children grow
  • Why health & happiness are the most important things
  • Teaching kids not to focus on their own happiness
  • Why it’s so important for kids to contribute to their households
  • The importance of having your kids sign contracts