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