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Strength-Based Parenting

Being strengthbased

Being strength-based is to go against what you have been socialized to think and do for most of your life.  Before you can be a strength-base parent you first have to be a strength-based person.  

When you view life through a strength-based lens, your internal strengths — what you do well — are emphasized over what you believe to be your weaknesses and shortcomings.  This focus sets up a strength-based, positive mindset that helps you build on your best qualities and create your own culture of success.

To create a strength-based mindset requires new behaviors, habits, and an appreciation attitude.   A strength-based mindset is empowering and guides us towards a productive, independent and successful, appreciative life.

Appreciative living begins by asking questions about “what’s working,”  “what’s right,” and “what’s great in our life.” Creating a successful life begins with one small strength-based step towards what we want most in our lives.

Discovering strengths

People who know their talents and strengths are more confident and more likely to find purpose and meaning in their lives. When you know your strengths you tend to have more energy, are well-rested, happier, and more productive.

When we know our talents and strengths we are more confident in ourselves and others.  From parenting to the workplace,  strength-based individuals have purpose and meaning in their lives.

Help your kids search for patterns in their actions, learn from them and use them to make the most of their life experiences, now and in the future. To do that, your kids need a solid understanding of where and when they’re at their best: their strengths.

CliftonStrengths for Students will help your kids discover and develop their strengths — and reach their full potential.

Millions of adults around the globe have taken Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment and discovered their strengths. Now, Gallup has created a strengths-based program for youth. The Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer package is a fun and simple invitation for adolescents to begin the discovery and development of their strengths.

The package includes a unique access code to an online strengths assessment designed for youth aged 10 to 14, a Youth Workbook, and a Parent Guide.

Family strengths

Strength-based parenting involves the entire family.  By focusing on strengths, parents with their kids create a strength-based family culture and climate.  First, the culture is changed by emphasizing talents and strengths over weaknesses.  The cultural strength-based values and beliefs are the foundation upon which the family is built. Through a strength-based family, cultural norms and traditions are established resulting in a positive and healthy family environment. 

A strength-based family climate increases responsibility, accountability, and independence.  In a strength-based family climate, mutually share respect, support, and trust is built which establishes an empowering relationship among all family members. Climate is how family members organize together to accomplish goals.  Climate is about what it feels like to thrive in a strength-based family. The climate reflects the commitment parents and kids have to a positive and healthy family environment. 

To become a strength-based parent is to believe the talents and strengths of your kids are more important than their weaknesses.

This does not mean weaknesses are ignored, it just means they are not blown out of proportion and overshadow talents and strengths.  

This game-changing book shows us the extraordinary results of focusing on our kid’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 kids build resilience, optimism, and achievement but we can also help inoculate them against today’s pandemic of depression and anxiety.

How can a good parent like you become an even greater parent? By shifting the focus to what’s right with your kids instead of what is wrong with them. Discover how you can replace your frustration with joy by taking the pressure of performance and comparison of your children’s shoulders.

A family culture of success

Too often we think we can control our kids.  Certainly, we can do things to protect them and make sure they are safe.  But when it comes to responsibility, independence, and resilience, we can only create a healthy and supportive family environment; what NOT BROKEN calls a family culture and climate of success.   Below are some ideas and suggestions to create a family culture and climate of success.   What ideas do you have?  Add your ideas to the comment section below. 

  1. Ways to Spot and Nurture Talent in Your child
  2. Assessment Tool for Preschool
  3. Emotional Intelligence
  4. CliftonStrengths for Students
  5. StrengthsExplorer for Ages 10 to 14
  6. Your Child’s Strengths: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
  7. Strengths Quest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond
  8. Thrively – Discover the Genius in Every Child
  9. Character Survey
  10. Personal Strengths Inventory

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