Your Childs Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them by Jenifer FoxAn essential book for parents and teachers that explores how children’s individual strengths create success
With this groundbreaking work, educator Jenifer Fox is poised to change the conversation about education in this country. For too long, parents and teachers have focused on identifying and “fixing” kids’ weaknesses to improve academic performance. Passionately written and informed by Fox’s twenty-five years of experience, Your Child’s Strengths turns that flawed paradigm on its head. Fox’s strengths-based philosophy provides the tools to prepare kids for the future in a world that demands greater adaptability and creative thinking than ever before.
Your Child’s Strengths will give parents and teachers the tools to discover strengths in three main areas: Activity Strengths, the tasks that make you feel engaged and energized; Relationship Strengths, the things you do for and with others that make you feel valued and competent; and Learning Strengths, the unique ways we approachand understand new information. All three strengths work in tandem.
Pairing inspiring firsthand accounts of success with practical workbook tools and an outline of the award- winning Affinities Program Fox has implemented at her own school, this much- needed book is a user- friendly guide for parents, teachers, and administrators that will improve individual performance and an indispensable road map for young people and society to a future that plays to strengths.
Find Your Child’s Strengths and Interests
All heroes have different strengths and talents. While Sidney Crosby has athletic talents, JK Rowling has literacy strengths, Justin Trudeau has social talents, and Albert Einstein was known for his math and logic strengths. Just like these heroes, every child has strengths and talents that can blossom once they are identified. Some strengths come naturally, while others take effort and practice to improve. Personal strengths are positive personality traits like kindness, curiosity, creativity, resiliency, thoughtfulness, and empathy.
Look on the bright side! By reframing the way you react to frustrating moments, her best qualities will blossom. A few months after we refinished our deck, I found my 5-year-old, Stuart, out there kneeling alongside a long line of black duct tape. He had secured Post-it notes to the tape by hammering in thumbtacks every few feet. Will you never think before jumping into a harebrained scheme? This sounds fancy and complicated, but it boils down to one principle: Focus on what your kids are doing right, says Australian psychologist Lea Waters, Ph. Years later, the benefits include a lower risk of depression, better work performance, and even being happily married.
Without thinking, the negative moments seem to rise above all of the positives. This, unfortunately, happens in parenting too frequently. You remember the low grades your child received on their recent math test or the gymnastic class where your child sat on the sidelines rather than participated. You easily forget the beautiful artw ork your child brought home from school and the compliment your child told a complete stranger. Lea Waters, a professor of positive psychology at the University of Melbourne in Australia, wants parents to shift that instinct of focusing on the negative first. Strengths are anything, big or small, that are advantageous to you as a person.
MORE IN LIFE
Strengths are tasks or actions you can do well. These include knowledge, proficiencies, skills, and talents. People use their traits and abilities to complete work, relate with others, and achieve goals. A particularly poignant time to sit back and assess your strengths and weaknesses is when you're submitting a college or job application, or preparing for an interview. Also, a good resume is built upon core strengths and skills. As you open the next chapter in your life, take a look at the examples of strengths below to identify your greatest assets. The personal development section in your local bookstore is enormous for a reason.
This is such an important question! Think like an anthropologist doing a field study. Watching your child carefully in different environments will lead you to his strengths and interests. Instead, focus on gathering clues. Pay particular attention to what your child chooses to do with his free time.