The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish

The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish

by Lea Waters

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Overview

Unlock your children’s potential by helping them build their strengths.

This game-changing book shows us the extraordinary results of focusing on our children’s strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses. Most parents struggle with this shift because they suffer from a negativity bias, thanks to evolutionary development, giving them “strengths-blindness.” By showing us how to throw the “strengths switch,” Lea Waters demonstrates how we can not only help our children build resilience, optimism, and achievement but we can also help inoculate them against today’s pandemic of depression and anxiety.
           
As a strengths-based scientist for more than twenty years, ten of them spent focusing on strengths-based parenting, Waters has seen how this approach enhances self-esteem and energy in both children and teenagers. Yet more on the plus side: parents find it a particularly exciting and rewarding way to raise children. With many suggestions for specific ways to interact with your kids, Waters demonstrates how to discover strengths and talents in our children, how to use positive emotions as a resource, how to build strong brains, and even how to deal with problem behaviors and talk about difficult situations and emotions. As revolutionary yet simple as Mindset and Grit, The Strength Switch will show parents how a small shift can yield enormous results.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101983645
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 359,122
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lea Waters, Ph.D., is President of the International Positive Psychology Association and the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She holds an affiliate position with Cambridge University’s Well-being Institute (UK) and the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan (USA). Waters was the Founding Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne and was listed in the Top 100 Women of Influence by The Australian Financial Review in 2015. She has also served as a consultant to a wide range of businesses. Waters lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, Matthew Scholes; her son, Nicholas; and her daughter, Emily.

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Martin Seligman is widely known as a leading authority on positive psychology, a branch of psychology that scientifically studies how positive emotions, strengths, and virtues help us thrive. I had met Marty when he came to Australia to establish a positive psychology approach at a school near the University of Melbourne, where I work. I had just transferred to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education from the School of Business and Economics, where as an organizational psychologist I’d been studying and consulting for organizations on integrating positive psychology into the workplace, particularly on how focusing on strengths as opposed to weaknesses could improve performance. Basically, I’d swapped offices for classrooms, senior execs for teachers, and workers for school kids. I was also leading the establishment of our Centre for Positive Psychology, a dedicated facility that was a first for Australia, for the university, and for me.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Laying the Foundation 1

Chapter 1 Standing for Strength in a World Obsessed with Weakness 3

Chapter 2 The Strength Switch 39

Chapter 3 Understanding Strengths 59

Chapter 4 The Ages and Stages of Strength Growth 97

Part 2 Building Strengths 125

Chapter 5 Attention, Savoring, Gratitude, and Goofing Off 127

Chapter 6 Mindfulness 161

Chapter 7 Self-Control 201

Chapter 8 Communication 225

Chapter 9 Strength-Based Living in the Real World 249

Chapter 10 Strong Selves, Strong Families, Strong Communities, Strong World 279

Acknowledgments 295

Appendix: Further Resources and Reading 301

Endnotes 307

Index 329

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