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Book Review: Your Child's Strengths

Posted Aug 24 2008 10:44pm


My son is always the last one done.

“Hurry,” says his teacher.

“Hurry,” say I.

That’s what first came to mind when I started reading Your Child’s Strengths – Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them , by Jenifer Fox.

As I delved further into the book I’ve found myself changing my attitude toward his slow, meticulous work Summing up, this book shows parents and teachers how to implement the, truly American, method of accentuating the positive while raising one’s child.

Jenifer Fox , a struggling student in High School, now a Harvard educated teacher and author of “The Strengths Movement” curriculum, preaches following the path of the positive. Rather than focus on a child’s deficiencies, as we tend to do, especially in school, she recommends focusing on his or her strengths.

Her book is filled with practical advice and thoughtful exercises to help parents change the way they and their children approach life, learning and relationships. This book primarily though, is about a vision. Ms. Fox’s vision is one of seeing things in a positive light.

This is usually not that difficult for me. My sister proclaims a visit with me is like a trip to “The House at Pooh Corner’s. “ My husband claims I am undeservedly optimistic, perhaps to a fault.

They don’t see that this does not necessarily apply to how I deal with my son.

So, this book came a great time for me and I find myself pouring over it endlessly and distributing the 6 or 7 copies I received from The Parent Bloggers Network to all of my friends (Don’t ask me why I received so many copies, I don’t know…perhaps they thought, rightly it turns out, that I would love the book and want to share it without loosening my grip on my copy.)

While I still worry that my son seems to take sooo long to complete anything. I’m trying a new attitude these days. I cheer his meticulous work. I praise him for being thorough. I still worry though about those timed tests looming in his future.

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