Parenting{ish} – A Review of Raising Happiness by Christine Carter

raising happiness

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.

Look at that, it’s already working.

joules

I’m a 44 something Scorpio who does not at all enjoy getting caught in the rain. I’m a mom to one whirling dervish, a former child and family therapist and reformed social worker. I have fought the monsters called Depression and Addiction for a lifetime. I want to be a part of the kindness movement. I want to be honest and real, sharing my struggles and successes on my path with others navigating their own. I want to lift up other women and be uplifted by them. I want to honor the bits between right and wrong, black and white – the grays, the ish. The place where life is actually lived.

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I’m a 44 something Scorpio who does not at all enjoy getting caught in the rain. I’m a mom to one whirling dervish, a former child and family therapist and reformed social worker. I have fought the monsters called Depression and Addiction for a lifetime. I want to be a part of the kindness movement. I want to be honest and real, sharing my struggles and successes on my path with others navigating their own. I want to lift up other women and be uplifted by them. I want to honor the bits between right and wrong, black and white – the grays, the ish. The place where life is actually lived.

  1 comment for “Parenting{ish} – A Review of Raising Happiness by Christine Carter

  1. October 25, 2014 at 6:28 am

    I am definitely going to read this!
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