Strength-based parenting – why it’s attracting so much attention globally

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With her research into focusing on the strengths of children, Professor of Positive Psychology Lea Waters says we have to re-wire our “negativity bias” impulse and instead implement a far more powerful, positive strategy called “strength-based parenting” that helps children improve by focusing on their strengths rather than on what’s wrong.

“Why is it so hard to control the urge to criticise our children – and is there a better way?” Waters writes in The Guardian.  “I’m constantly asked these questions at my parent talks. The culprit is ancient brain wiring – and yes, there is a better way.

“My research has shown we can override this impulse and implement a far more powerful, positive strategy called “strength-based parenting” that helps children improve by focusing on their strengths.

“More and more schools are teaching strengths. A study of more than 300 secondary school students in the UK, published in the Journal of Positive Psychology in 2011, found teens who were taught about their strengths had significantly higher life satisfaction than their peers who did not. Similar results have been found in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan and China.”

Click here for the full article at The Guardian

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