Recorded Workshop

Raise Happy Children: Parenting for Optimism and Resilience (MIT)

October 15, 2020 12:00 pm EDT/EST

This workshop was hosted live on the date noted above, you can view the recording and download the handouts below.

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About This Workshop

Parents sometimes feel discouraged when their children want more toys, the newest technology, or the coolest sneakers that they believe will make them really happy. And maybe those things will work…for a few hours or a couple of days. What really makes our kids happy? How often do we get caught up in what media tells us will bring joy into our lives?  

Research tells us that “things” don’t really make us happy. While temperament is inborn, parents can actually help children increase optimism (positive outlook and hopefulness) and resilience (ability to effectively bounce back from challenges). These capacities are strongly connected to well-being and success.

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Examine your day-to-day interactions and consider approaches that will increase these important traits in yourself and your children.
  • Gain the courage to set limits on “stuff” and focus on what counts in building a happy family.

Meet your Instructors

Ruth Freeman

Mental Health, School Age, Relationships,



  • emotions
  • meltdowns

Age Category

  • School Age
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