The Strength Switch: Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child And Your Teen To Flourish
中文书名: 优势教养
Author: Lea Waters

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

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

Turn on the strength switch, shift the critical thinking mode

Lea Waters, one of the world leading experts in parenting and positive psychology, wrote this game-changing book, which shows us the extraordinary results of focusing on children’s strengths rather than trying to correct their weaknesses. Most parents struggle with this shift because they suffer from a negativity bias, due to evolutionary development, giving them “strength-blindness”. Lea Waters demonstrates how we can not only help our children build residence, optimism, and achievement but we can also help inoculate them against today’s pandemic of depression and anxiety. 

As a strength-based scientist, Waters has been focusing on strength-based parenting. For more than two decades, he has been witnessing how this approach enhances self-esteem and energy in both children and teenagers. Moreover, parents find a particularly exciting and rewarding way to raise children. With many suggestions for specific ways to interact with your kids, Waters elaborates 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 behaviours 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. 


Lea Waters is a psychology professor at the University of Melbourne, one top university in Australia. She is the world-recognized leading expert on Positive Education. She has affiliate positions at University of Cambridge and University of Michigan. She is also the visiting scholar at University of Pennsylvania, working with Martin Seligman. 

Positive Psychology Expert & Educator

We are also very fortunate to participate in the lecture held by Dr. Lea Waters at Upper Canada College in Toronto in 2019. She mentioned that according to statistics from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, there are 3.2 million adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 in Canada who are at risk of depression. Among these people, about one-fifth of young people encounter mental health challenges, and only one-fifth of these children can receive proper mental health services. Suicide has become the second leading cause of death among young Canadians. The rate of suicide among young people in Canada ranks third among industrialized countries in the world. In Ontario, the suicide rate among teenage boys is twice that of girls. As a scientist focusing on strengths, Waters has always focused on parenting methods that focus on strengths. For more than two decades, she has witnessed how this method can enhance the self-esteem and ability of children and adolescents. More importantly: Parents have found an exciting and beneficial way to raise their children. Through many specific suggestions for interacting with children, Waters explained how to discover children’s strengths and talents, how to use positive emotions, how to build a strong brain, how to deal with problematic behaviours, and discuss dilemmas and emotions.

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Member Testimonial

感谢@Claire @Lei @千里香 今天被震惊到了,博引旁证的思辨过程, 带着疑问去讨论 书中 的关于成长,关于成功的思考,非常受启发 – Cynthia Qiant

@Sisi 非常感谢你PET这个坑,入坑后,跟着大家一起又拿起书,这 几年潜移默化的影响与学习,自身的变化与提升现在想起来真的是 非常大,是一点点日积月累的结果,谢谢你和读书会的姐妹们一路 陪伴。- Bonnie Jiang

@nolala 非常感谢你分享马云的演讲,刚刚全部看完了。讲得很好!如果云谷学校成功了,就看到中国教育的希望了。我当初带孩子来加拿大就是不想让他成为一个单纯的学习工具,可现在在养育小儿子的过程中,感觉加拿大的教育氛围越来越像中国了,家长们也越来越焦虑了。我们在读的这本《品格的力量》和马云的演讲是一致的,@Sisi 我也欣赏马云说的这句“父母好好学习,孩子天天向上”,你先我一步分享了。

马爸爸的演讲幽默风趣、句句掷地有声,中心思想与我们本期读 的 《品格的力量》不谋而合,“以前是一部论语走遍天下都不怕,现 在没有哪本书看了可以走遍天下都不怕,只有爱学习、会学习,有乐观精神的人,才真的走遍天下都不怕。”帮助孩子成功的秘诀是让孩子拥有好奇心、乐观精神、坚毅、社交能力、自控力、热情和 感恩这些优秀的品质。又回顾了上周读书会的内容。- Sisi Chen