The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish by Lea Waters, PhD

How This Book Benefits Modern Parents

Learn how to encourage your child’s true potential to shine through by focusing on their strengths instead of their weaknesses. This book teaches the Modern Parent how to identify their child’s innate strengths and talents and how to highlight those strengths to help the child succeed in all areas of their life.

Do I recommend this book? YES!

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My Notes/Thoughts About The Book

This is my book summary of The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish by Lea Waters. My notes are informal and often contain quotes from the book as well as my own thoughts. This summary also includes key lessons and important passages from the book.

  • “I think the best approach is one that supports your child’s ability for self-development, so that over time your child has the tools to take on the mantle of CEO. This approach is rooted in positive psychology and provides a child with two vital psychological tools:
    • Optimism: the force that motivates your child to create a positive future for herself
    • Resilience: your child’s capacity to bounce back when life throws a curve ball”
  • “the desire to help their children flourish and a sense of inadequacy for this task.”


  • “Parents today have a lot more to worry about. My parents didn’t have to think about screen time, cyberbullying, or sexting. Expectations of parents are growing, too. We’re raising kids in an era ruthlessly focused on grades, college admission, earning potential, and social acceptance.There also seems to be less and less consensus—and more scrutiny—on the “right” way to parent.”
  • “We may feel so pressured to help our children grow into the person society says they should be that we may not be allowing them to grow into the person they actually are.”
  • “science, positive psychology, and neuropsychology, my work with parents around the world, and my own experiences as a parent have helped me formulate this positive approach.
  • “Attention on the negative helped us survive. Attention on the positive helps us thrive.”
  • “Strength-based parenting puts your kids in touch with their unique constellation of talents (which are performance based) and character (which is personality based).”
  • “A strong child is a child who can play to his strengths while simultaneously working on his weaknesses because his solid self-identity gives him the sturdy foundation necessary to acknowledge and address the areas he needs to improve. Being strength based doesn’t mean we ignore weaknesses. It means we view and approach them from a different, larger context.”
  • “Connecting kids with their strengths gives them a role in the family.”

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