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Day Four

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Dr. Christine Carter

Teaching Happiness and Resilience to Kids

Length: 41:23

“Dr. Christine Carter, author of The Sweet Spot and Raising Happiness, has a unique perspective on how we can find fulfillment, success, and lasting joy in our busy lives. At work, she translates the latest scientific findings–from positive psychology, sociology, research on productivity and elite performance, organizational and management theories, and neuroscience–into action plans for her readers.

Christine Carter is a sociologist and Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, where for many years she was the Executive Director. 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 Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Carter has appeared on dozens of television and radio shows, including the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “TODAY” show, and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” She has also been quoted or featured  in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Real Simple.

She lives with her husband, four kids, and dog Buster in Marin County, California.”

In this humorous interview, Dr. Christine Carter, connects the research about happiness and daily life. She explains that happiness is not something that we are born with, it is a set of skills that can be taught and practiced. With examples from her own family she illustrates practical things that kids can do to increase life meaning and satisfaction, make friends, be brave, be positive, and handle discomfort. She talks about getting kids to do chores, not rescuing children from their problems, having empathy for all their feelings, and fostering resilience.


Patty Wipfler

Listening to Children Creates Safety, Connection & Growth

Length: 1:04:46

Patty Wipfler has worked with parents and children for over 40 years. She teaches a revolutionary parenting approach, Parenting by Connection, based on a fresh understanding of the importance of a sense of warm connection in our children’s lives and development. She founded the nonprofit Hand in Hand Parenting in 1989, in order to bring parents simple tools and powerful understandings to reduce stress and help lift difficulties out of their children’s lives. Hand in Hand offers in-person and online classes as well as free services, to parents, therapists, social workers, and parent educators in the US and 10 other countries.

Patty teaches that children function best when they feel safe and connected to the adult they’re with. When children’s behavior goes off track, they will recover their good judgment if an adult brings a sensible limit, then connects and listens while the child expresses their feelings fully. When a grownup listens with warmth and patience, the child regains a sense of safety and connection, and can make thoughtful, intelligent choices once again. Patty shows how listening can foster connection, emotional intelligence, and warm, lasting relationships.


Dr. Robbin Rockett

Single Parenting: Supporting Your Children, Healing Yourself

Length: 40:00

Dr. Robbin Rockett, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and the creator of Solo Parent Life, a free podcast that was created out of Robbin’s own experience of being a suddenly single parent of three young children. Each week, Robbin takes on a variety of issues facing single parents, including dating, finances, stress management, parenting, and co-parenting, and brings in experts, therapists, and authors for frank and friendly conversions that offer guidance for solo parents to become more mindful in their own self-care. Robbin speaks with integrity and from the heart about the people, books, blogs, and resources that have helped her as a solo parent.

Dr. Rockett earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, her MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and her BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California with a private practice in Corte Madera and the host of the Solo Parent Life podcast. Additionally, she is the Assistant Clinical Director at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy at San Rafael and serves as President on the board for the Marin County Psychological Association.

Dr. Robbin Rockett talks candidly about the challenges of single parenthood. She shares research about how children from divorced parents cope. She shares practical strategies for parents to create space for their child’s feelings, normalize their experience, how to explain divorce and separation to children without creating unnecessary worry for them, and how to create a support system around the family. She also shares tools to be with kids during their feelings, in situations in which your own feelings are triggered.


Dr. Joseph Lee

Compassionate Parenting: What Does Research Say?

Length: 51:40

Dr. Joseph Lee is a psychiatrist with a practice in Southern California. Early in his practice he saw that his patients were clearly getting better, but didn’t seem to be quite “well.” His search to help people truly thrive, led him to a truth-based perspective that he’s been applying personally and professionally, built around developing self-worth, meaningful relationships, and lifelong optimal healthiness. Becoming a parent, made him more intentional about every aspect of his own life – trying to figure out the best way to raise his kids, while maintaining his own health and wellbeing. Dr. Lee presented at UXPA and the Headspace Headquarters on the role of Empathy on User Design and he teaches community mental healthiness classes.

If you’ve ever been curious about the research behind attachment or compassionate parenting, don’t miss this interview with Dr. Joseph Lee. He talks about how the behavioral model (using punishments to control kid’s behavior) is based on outdated research. But the overly positive “self esteem” movement of the 80s, also failed to give kids the skills they needed for life. By contrast, current psychology and neurology provide strong evidence in favor of a compassionate approach to parenting and education.


Dr. Diane Levin

Using Technology Thoughtfully and Preserving Play

Length: 50:44

Diane Levin, Ph.D., is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College in Boston. Her work focuses on how various factors in society, such as violence and war, poverty, media and marketing, and mandated education affect children’s development, learning, behavior and play. She also develops recommendations for what we can do to protect children and promote optimal development and learning in relation to each of these societal factors she studies. Dr. Levin has authored (or co-authored) dozens of articles and eight books, including Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood, So Sexy So Soon, and Teaching Young Children in Violent Times. She is the co-founder of Defending the Early Years (www.deyproject.org), which advocates for developmentally appropriate education in a time of ill-conceived standards and mandates, and Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (www.TRUCEteachers.org), which prepares materials to help parents promote appropriate media and quality play in these times. She has spoken widely about her work in the U.S. and around the world, and she takes her Wheelock students to Northern Ireland every year on a service learning program to study how early childhood programs can help communities that have experienced war and conflict heal.

Diane is a passionate about helping kids play in open ended, creative ways, and protecting children from the harmful effects of screens and advertising. Because we know that screen entertainment is linked to decreased creativity and lower executive function skills such as attention, self regulation and problem solving, Diane encourages parents and educators to be thoughtful about how kids use technology. She shares tips about how to distinguish betweem poor and high quality media and how to engage in conversations with kids about screen use and violent toys and media.


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