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How to Support Children During Uncertain Times

Highly-acclaimed author and sociologist Dr. Christine Carter virtually met with Country Day parents in late January and provided insightful conversation and strategies for supporting children during uncertain times.

Drawing on both research and practical applications, Dr. Carter offered tools to cope with modern pressures, and tactics parents of children of all ages can use to instill joy in their children and lead them toward meaningful and productive lives.

Dr. Carter also shared the following helpful resources relevant to questions asked by parents:

In case you missed the Parent Speaker Series event, "The Art and Science of Raising Happy Kids" with Dr. Christine Carter, you are welcome to watch the Zoom recording below:

Parent Education Event with Dr Carter from Charlotte Country Day School on Vimeo.

A senior fellow and sociologist at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Dr. Carter melds research—including the latest findings in neuroscience, sociology, and social psychology—with her own real-world experiences as the mother of four teenagers. She is the author of The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction; The Sweet Spot: How to Achieve More by Doing Less; and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents

Order a Personalized Copy of The New Adolescence

If you'd like to order a signed, personalized copy of Dr. Carter's new book, you can do so here (just add a note in the "Order Comments" section during checkout that you'd like it signed, and to whom you'd like Dr. Carter to personalize it). Her books are also available on Amazon. 

Parent Speaker Series

In its ninth year, the Parent Speaker Series was created to enrich the educational and learning experience for our families. Each year, we invite nationally-acclaimed guest speakers and authors to discuss and share relevant parenting topics. Examples of past speakers include:

  • Dr. David Gleason, author of At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools.
  • Rachel Simmons, author and educator, presented on "Failing Well: Resilience & Courage"
  • Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, author of Talking Back to Facebook: A Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age
  • Dr. Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and blogger of “Raising Digital Natives”
  • Dr. Michele Borba, author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
  • Ron Lieber, author of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money
  • Jessica Lahey, New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure
  • Ana Homayoun, nationally-acclaimed author of That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life
  • Joe Ehrmann, former NFL football star, minister, and motivational speaker
  • Kevin Breel, mental health activist and stand-up comedian, recognized for his TEDx talk entitled "Confessions of a Depressed Comic"
  • Rosalind Wiseman, bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and the New Realities of Girl World
  • Daniel Coyle, renowned journalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code
  • Matt Bellace, author, psychologist, comedian, "Supporting Teens in Making Healthy Choices"
  • Dr. Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
  • Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of Blessings of a Skinned Knee and Blessings of a B Minus