Pursuing Happiness Versus Having Fun as a Parent

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Written by: Where Parents Talk Staff

Published: Apr 15, 2023

This week on the Where Parents Talk radio show on 105.9 The Region, host Lianne Castelino speaks to Dr. Mike Rucker, behavioural scientist, organizational psychologist, positive psychology expert, speaker, father of 2 and author about Pursuing Happiness versus Having Fun as a Parent.

Michael Rucker headshot


Behavioural scientist
Organizational Psychologist
Positive Psychology
Father of 2


“We’ve been kind of forced fed this ideal that fun has to be a night out dancing. Where for a lot of folks having fun might be just asking your partner can I have a two hour reprieve because I haven’t read a good book. So whether you want to call that self care or not, fun is just engaging in pleasurable acts. And if that means that your tastes and preferences have changed, and just finding a little bit of time for yourself is what it’s gonna take to have fun, then go ahead and do that. Give yourself permission. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant night out, you can really find fun in the spaces.”



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