How to Raise a Child Who Will Thrive

What are the 7 essential character traits that parents can teach their children to increase resiliency? In this episode we talk with Dr. Michele Borba, an internationally renowned educational psychologist and author of Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.**

In this episode, we cover:

  • You paint a picture in your book of tweens, teens and young adults who are stressed, anxious, depressed, and lonesome. Why are our kids experiencing this?
  • Importance of play in raising a child who will thrive
  • Importance of sleep.
  • 7 essential character traits of a child who will thrive both in childhood and adolescence but also into adulthood.
  • Self-Confidence
  • What is the difference between self confidence and self-esteem?
  • How does parental praise factor into teaching self-confidence?
  • How do you teach self-confidence? 
  • Empathy
  • Why is empathy so important to resilience?
  • How do you teach empathy or at the very least encourage it?
  • How does our modern technology impact empathy?
  • Self-Control
  • What is self-control in children?
  • How do we teach self-control?
  • Integrity
  • How do you define integrity?
  • How can we help our kids develop integrity?
  • Curiosity
  • Why is curiosity important for thriving?
  • What can we do or not do to encourage curiosity?
  • Perseverance
  • What causes kids to give up?
  • What can parents do to help?
  • Optimism
  • Is optimism an inborn temperament or one that can be taught?
  • If you could leave parents with 5 actionable tips for raising a “thriver”, what would they be.

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