Who out there doesn’t want to raise a happy child? I should be hearing nothing but crickets, people. Of course we all want the best for our children, and happiness is about as best as you can get.
You can make a child happy, but can you make a happy child?
Christine Carter says you can.
And, by all the gods and the sweet lady internet, I believe her.
I inhaled this relatable, easy to read guide to creating a happy child. It felt like a conversation you’d have with one of your wittier, warmer besties who also happened to be super dee duper well-educated and an actual doctor of happiness. Nbd.
She’s also a blogger. Hello, relatable, warm, inclusive. Of course. We’re a cozy breed. And her blog is about happiness. Good lords, sign me up.
At 265 pages, Raising Happiness lays out the information clearly and simply, providing what you need to make the recommended changes and leaving the extra junk for drier tomes. The book has 10 chapters that each identify a different technique, give an example of how the author employed the technique with her own children and provides a summary of the steps involved.
I read a fair amount of parenting books and, in my life as a therapist, taught a fair amount of parenting classes. Raising Happiness has risen to the top of my list for its we’re all in this together style, its genuine, warm tone and its clear, concise techniques that fit well into the realities of day to day life.
Even cooler than all that(!) is that all these little golden nuggets of happiness-making methods you unearth in your journey through the pages. They also work for you.
You can raise yourself to be happy too.
To a little black rain cloud that is a pretty profound idea. And a comforting prophylactic against passing the gray and rainys along to my kid. Which fills me with happiness and hope.