Today’s topic is going to be really fun! As you know if you follow the blog, education is a subject near and dear to my heart and I suspect many of yours too.
Meet Dr. Michele Borba, educational psychologist, former teacher, a mom. She’s been recognized for her ongoing research on how to raise successful and resilient kids. I think this is a super important topic with all of the changes happening in the world, and one we need to rethink since yesterday’s answers may not meet the challenges of today.
Check out Dr. Borba’s book, Thrivers, linked in the show notes below. It’s a great science-backed guide that really helps parents and teachers pass on character traits to kids that correlate with success.
Episode Highlights With Dr. Michele Borba
- The seven traits that all successful kids and young adults have
- How character traits are more important than academic success in many ways
- Tangible ways to set your kids up for success and give them a solid foundation
- How to start early to give your kids these traits
- Why resilience isn’t innate — it’s stretchable and learnable
- The things we do that counteract resilience in our kids
- A way that trying to protect our kids from certain things can be counterproductive
- The magic of the word “yet” and how to use it
- Teaching success is a matter of how much you stick in there
- Never do for your child what your child can do for themself
- How to help your child have a growth mindset
- The surprising learning environment factors she learned in Beirut and how to benefit from them at home
- Ways to help your child love learning
- Why the average child gives up a real talent around the age of 13 and how to stop this
- An important reason to praise effort and not innate traits
- How to help children develop empathy and community, especially in teenage years
- The way to diffuse the tension between family and social groups for teenagers
- Tangible ways to help your child (and yourself) cope with stress (including one that comes from Navy SEAL training)
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Michele Borba Website | Facebook | Instagram
- Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine by Michele Borba
- Mindset: The New Pyschology of Success by Carol Dweck
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