Berkeley ‘Happy kids’ blog wins national award

A blog on raising happy kids by Christine Carter, executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (pictured left) has won the Council on Contemporary Families‘ 2010 Award for Online Coverage of Family Issues.

The blog, Half Full: Science for Raising Happy Kids, is part of Greater Good magazine which blends personal stories with published research to address specific parenting topics.

Jurors said they were impressed by “the range of issues, the quality of the writing, and the way the blog resonates with contemporary families, as evidenced by the number and breadth of comments”.

On her site, Carter says her blog is about science-based parenting advice. “I’m a sociologist and the executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and since I’m reading all the research related to raising happy children anyway, I thought we might as well make it USEABLE to parents,” she writes.

The Greater Good Science Center is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the scientific understanding of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds and altruistic behavior.