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A Parenting Playbook for Raising the Happiest Kids on Earth

ParentEd Talks Replay


Who really knows the secrets of raising happy children?

Parenting expert, researcher and author Jessica Joelle Alexander has devoted her professional life to providing culturally validated answers to this very question. In her bestselling book “The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids” (co-authored with Iben Dissing Sandahl), Alexander reveals the essential parenting principles of the happiest people in the world. For four decades in a row, Denmark was voted the happiest country in the world. According to Alexander, the reason for this is simple: “Happy kids grow up to be happy adults who raise happy kids, and so on.”

But it turns out that parents from everywhere and from all walks of life can apply this successful Danish parenting playbook — referencing Alexander's easy-to-remember “PARENT” acronym — to raise well-adjusted kids: Play, Authenticity, Reframing, Empathy, No ultimatums and Togetherness. Take off your “cultural glasses” and learn how to improve your family’s well-being with Alexander’s actionable strategies.

About the speaker 

Danish parenting expert Jessica Joelle Alexander is a best-selling author, columnist, speaker and cultural researcher. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Time, BBC World News, Vanity Fair, NPR, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, The Atlantic and many other outlets. She is the author of three books that have been published in more than 32 countries; “The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids” is one of the most-sold parenting books of all time. Alexander writes a regular column in The Copenhagen Post, and researches and writes for the University of California Berkeley’s Othering & Belonging Institute.

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