Surprising New Research on How Parents Can Help Kids Fulfill Their Potential

Recently I attended a presentation by Dr. Christine Carter called, “Skills Teens Need for Happiness, Productivity, and Performance - and How Parents Can Help”. Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of multiple books, The Sweet Spot: How to Achieve More by Doing Less (2017) and Raising Happiness (2011).

I jumped at the offer to hear Dr. Carter speak, given that the topic is closely aligned my “kids and screens” work at ScreenAge Bootcamp and I’ve always agreed with her parental philosophies, rooted in social science. Dr. Carter has a way of conveying her data, through her personal experience that makes it seem as if you’re listening to a well-educated, but a relatable friend. Here are my thoughts about her presentation.

Dr. Carter started the presentation with background information revealing the latest findings from her own work and other well-known academics, such as Dr. Jean Twenge, author of iGen, that shocked many parents when her book came...

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