Monday, August 11, 2008

Help Your Child Find Success!

Dear Readers,

With the new school year about the begin, now is the time to develop a plan in order to ensure that your child finds success. Most parents may focus on improving a child's challenge areas. However, I am increasingly believing in the power of strength-based interventions to facilitate positive growth in all children. Nicholas Hobbs, Ph.D.,author of The Troubled and Troubling Child, developed the principles of ReEducation with one being that all children must experience joy in their lives on a daily basis. Mel Levine, MD, author of A Mind at A Time, argues that we must work on strengthening the strengths. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., author of Authentic Happiness argues that people must engage in positive activities to increase their well-being. My recommendations for you these next two weeks is to identify several strengths or gifts in your child. Then, take some time to think about how you could help your child to develop these positive aspects even more. When you implement this strength-based strategy, you will be amazed at the difference in your child's emotional well-being. This in turn will result in more receptivity to work on things that are hard. The approach to take is to strengthen the strengths while you are addressing the areas of challenge. Once you identify these strengths, spend some time thinking about how to address the challenges has well. Once you have completed these activities, go for it! By the way, do not overload your child. Most of us can only work on a few things at a time. Thus, only choose one or two strengths and challenge areas to work on at one time. If you want more information, buy my book, Dr. Levine's book, and Dr Seligman's book. By combining this information, you will have a wealth of knowledge than can help any child in-need. One additional reference than can help ensure your child finds success is The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. This book has truly inspired me and will inspire you as well. Good luck this year and let me know if you have any comments, questions, or advice.


Steve Curts, Ph.D.