Happiness Matters Podcast show

Happiness Matters Podcast

Summary: We often hear parents say, “I just want my children to be happy,” but they also admit that it’s confusing to figure out how to raise happy children—and be happy themselves—on a daily basis. How can we create a home environment where happiness is important for everyone in the family—and limit setting, discipline, and respect are all a part of the equation? Join Dr. Christine Carter and Nurse Rona Renner for conversations from the heart about the science and best practices related to raising happy children. Each week we'll release a new podcast about 10 minutes on Thursday.

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  • Artist: Christine Carter and Rona Renner
  • Copyright: Copyright 2013


 How Hectic Are Your Mornings? | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 10:35

Tips for a peaceful and easy morning routine

 Is Yelling the New Spanking? | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 11:20

Most parents yell at their kids at one time or another, but as stress and exhaustion increase over the holidays, some parents yell more. Rona gives us her tips and tricks for yelling less.

 Managing routines, sleep, and sugar intake so kids can thrive | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 12:05

The holidays are so fun, but many kids get really out of whack. How to manage moodiness and exhaustion at this time of year.

 Raising Forgiving Kids | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 11:14

Is your child having a hard time forgiving a classmate for hurting his or her feelings? If you’ve got a grudge-holding or revenge-seeking kiddo, this podcast is for you! Rona and I discuss foundational skills that lead to forgiveness. Part one of two.

 Giving Thanks | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 12:33

A new slew of tips from Rona and I for fostering gratitude—and combating entitlement—in our children.

 Working on the Weekend? | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 12:09

Are your weekends relaxing? Do you find time to rest and rejuvenate? If your answer was no, no, and no: you aren’t alone. Many parents today—myself included!—find themselves rushing from one thing to the next over the weekend. Rona and I give tips for making the weekends more enjoyable.

 Do You Have Enough Friends? | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 12:13

Feel like you no longer have any time for your friends? While you certainly aren’t alone—especially among parents—friendships can profoundly affect our happiness for the better. Rona and I discuss strategies for keeping adult friendships alive and well.

 Bullies, Bystanders, and Really Kind Kids | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 11:58

Is your kid a bully? Even if you’ve taught your children right from wrong, sometimes the kids of kind and compassionate parents can still be…mean. Rona and I discuss strategies for raising children who don’t bully others.

 Dealing with “Sass Mouth” | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 13:10

Rona and I take another listener questions, this time from Nina, who writes: “Do you have any tips for handling ‘back talk’ from kids? We are at our wits’ end with our 8-year-old boy and not quite sure how to respond to his words and reactions.  I definitely take it personally and feel like it’s my fault he [talks back to me], but he tells me he learns these things at school.  Sometimes he can be a complete angel and then other times the complete opposite.”

 Keeping Kids Safe—and Happy!—on Facebook | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 11:46

Rona and I will talk about online safety and ways to create happiness for our children in these social networks sites.

 Getting Kids to Play by Themselves | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 10:17

This week, Rona and I take this listener question, from Anna: “I just watched your video about kids needing unstructured playtime.  I have a question about how to get my 2 yr old son to play more independently of me.  He will sometimes sit and play with his toys, but not for very long.  He seems to prefer us to read to him or “entertain” him in some way.  How can I encourage independent, imaginative play?”

 Getting in Good Habits, part 2 | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 9:41

Rona and I continue last week’s discussion—and specific instruction—for getting into a new habit. Note: I reference (and recommend!) BJ Fogg’s work in this podcast. His website is www.tinyhabits.com.

 Getting in Good Habits, part 1 | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 9:41

It’s one thing to know what you want to do to make your life better…and quite another to actually be able to do it. Last week Rona and I discussed the benefits of having a mindfulness or meditation habit; this week we talk about how to establish such a habit, or any other.

 A Free Tool for Calmer Parenting | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 13:56

Mindfulness is an amazing tool for parents that both Rona and I use all the time. In this podcast, we review what mindful parenting actually is, and discuss our most helpful tips and tricks for being more mindful in everyday life.

 The Art of Saying No | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 10:52

Do you say “yes” every time someone asks you to do something? Rona and I discuss reasons to say “no” instead, and reveal our favorite tips for doing so.


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