Parents & Families

Peace and well-being in the world often begins with peace and well-being at home. That's why the Greater Good Science Center has been committed since its founding to nurturing peaceful, compassionate, joyful families.

Our Greater Good online magazine is filled with resources for parents and families to help them foster qualities like gratitude, forgiveness, resilience, understanding, and generosity in themselves and their children. Those resources—many of which have been created by GGSC Senior Fellow and parenting expert Christine Carter, Ph.D.—have reached millions of parents and affected countless families. Soon, we'll be dramatically expanding our offerings and reach to parents.

With support from the John Templeton Foundation, in July of 2017 the GGSC launched a new initiative to help parents raise kids committed to the well-being of others. This initiative will have two major components for the public.

1. Grants to support innovation in community-based parenting programs. The GGSC will provide funding to community-based organizations (e.g., schools, houses of worship, community centers) that have strong connections to parents of school-age children. We will announce a request for proposals in the fall of 2017, ultimately awarding a total of $1 million in grants to the strongest proposals for creating or improving a program to help parents build skills like generosity, gratitude, and forgiveness in their kids. After awarding these grants, the GGSC and a team of scientific advisors will help the organizations identify research relevant to their programs, translate this research into lessons for parents, and determine how to better evaluate the success of their work.

2. Multimedia resources directly for parents. Building on its strong track record, the GGSC will develop a range of new resources for raising caring, courageous kids, widely sharing with parents the top research and best practices. This will include publishing dozens of new articles for parents on Greater Good, creating several practical exercises for parents to try with their kids, and producing a series of short videos designed for mobile devices and social media to reach busy parents on-the-go. These resources will all identify and report on cutting-edge research findings, and will eventually distill some of the key lessons learned from the parenting programs that receive grants through the initiative.