While this is a parenting book, Lea Waters presents us with some brilliant strategies for working with young people by helping them to get to know and utilise their character strengths.
To me, introducing people to character strengths – something that is entirely positive and empowering – is an exciting opportunity. I’m doing a lot of work to try to expose the young people I work with to this whole concept.
Waters hypothesizes that not only do character strengths assist young people to know and appreciate what is special about themselves, but they also provide us with a terrific platform for reframing behaviours we would rather not encourage. It also provides us with a different way of having conversations. Turning on the ‘strength switch’ allows us to be specific about what we admire and want to strengthen in you people and provides us with a vocabulary so that we correct behaviours positively and constructively.
The book is full of specific examples on how the be the kind of parent/ mentor/ teacher/ friend we all want to be. It’s the book you want to buy everyone you know who spends time with young people.