Positive psychology. In a world full of negativity that’s thrown around easily, we definitely need it.
The Strength Switch is a book by Dr Lea Waters based around positive psychology. Lea has extended the learnings of her research in this field from the boardroom to the classroom, and now, to the family home.
Lea has developed a new approach to raising children called strength-based parenting. By focusing on your child’s strengths, rather than trying to correct their weaknesses, Lea demonstrates how parents can build optimism, resilience and achievement in their children.
The book discusses why parents should shift their focus to growing the strengths their kids already have, rather than trying to fill in what is missing. It will show the different types of strengths and how parents can identify these in their children.
Some of the other things the book deals with include:
- How to deal with ‘weaknesses’ in a constructive, strength-based way.
- Why parents need to let their kids ‘slack off’ sometimes.
- How to use strength-based discipline to break the cycle of nagging, criticism and confrontation.
Just because you’re focusing on their strengths doesn’t mean you’ll end up raising narcissistic kids though. The book details that bit too. It’s a good read for parents looking for a better way to raise their children. There are also bits of real life application by other parents who follow Lea’s methods.
What area do you think you need to work on as a parent?
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