In Why Parents Need to Dial Back the Criticism, Belinda Luscombe writes about The Strength Switch, a new book by Australian psychologist Lea Waters.

Waters suggests that parents make a small but significant step to parent children in a way that enhances a child’s strengths rather than always focusing on helping them overcome their weaknesses.
How to discover your kids’ real strengths?

According to Waters, they have three components: 1 – He or she is good at it. 2 – He or she feels good and becomes energized while doing it. 3 – He or she often chooses to do it.

Identifying character strengths – and focusing on what is strong instead of what is wrong – is at the heart of our Thriving Learning Communities work. This new publication shows how parents can begin to adopt a new positive mindset that shifts the practice of parenting from a negative base of criticism – or a grinding march to improve on weaknesses – to one that focuses on identifying and enhancing a child’s strengths.

Learn more about how parents can encourage their children without overwhelming them in this blog post on Motto or visit Amazon to order the book.


To read more about using strengths in parenting visit this blog post on Leadership.