Parenting—the process of raising children—can bring endless joy, responsibility, and learning opportunities. All the clichés are true—it is the hardest job you’ll ever love—and yet none of them describes your unique experience or challenges as a parent. The challenge to be a “good” parent is a constant struggle between personal desires, community expectations, traditional gender roles, resource management, and the unique personalities of each member of the family. Everyone has an opinion on how to best raise a physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually healthy child, but the truth is there is no one right answer: it’s a lifelong process that we take on, one day at a time.

How to Connect with Nature: Tips for Tuning into the Natural World

People who connect with nature are happier, and children who connect with nature are more prosocial and better-behaved. How can we help our families feel a greater sense of connectedness?

Kids Who Feel Connected with Nature Are Happier—and More Likely to Befriend, Help, and Share

Does your child feel connected with nature? Researchers can measure these feelings with a standard questionnaire, and they've discovered fascinating links. Nature-loving children are happier. They experience fewer behavior problems. And they are more likely to treat others with kindness.

Maslow's Pyramid Gets a Makeover

What are the fundamental forces that drive human behavior? A group of evolutionary thinkers offer an answer by revising one of psychology’s most familiar images.


Helping Children Deal with Emotions