The Strength Switch review

The Strength Switch review

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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  • Patience, we are always in such a rush because work, sporting activities, having to be on time and our kid just wants to take her time and find out how to do things herself

  • I think i need to work more on providing and cooking healthier meals with more variety and colour for myself and my 2 girls,so many extra additives in foods these days

  • I have to work on patience as I don’t have much of it and Definatley cleaner eating and stop being so lazy with wanting to prepare great meals

  • As a parent I continuously work on:
    Being there through life’s ups and downs
    Gathering positives all around
    Helping kids explore adventure’s everyday
    Embracing who they are, in a unique and heartfelt way.

  • I am always trying to reflect and work on using language that is more empowering, gentle and positive with my daughters. It is so easy to get caught in the rush and negatives.

  • I have 12, 8 and 3yo. I believe I could best work on building confidence in myself and in turn relay that to the children. On busy days when I feel a failure the kids often find great things to say. Showing I must do that at their hard moments too.

  • Definitely patience. Whoever said “patience is a virtue”, boy were they right! At times when I can feel my patience wearing thin, I need to stop, collect my thoughts and look at the situation at hand. Rather than automatically looking at the negative side of what is happening I need to ascertain why it happened in the first place. Otherwise, what ends up happening is I get cross, the kids get upset and that doesn’t make for a very happy household!

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