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Your Child's Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them Your Child's Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them

by Jenifer Fox, M.Ed.

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"Jenifer Fox has extraordinary insight into the minds of young people and an unshakable belief in their potential. She provides a compellingly convincing argument for changing the way we approach children. This is the one program that schools must have."
--Marcus Buckingham, from the Foreword

"Jenifer Fox has vision, passion, intelligence, and experience. All show in Your Child's Strengths, which contains a wealth of practical ideas for paretns and educators who want to encourage among children the strengths that make possible the good life."
--Christopher Peterson, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan, and author of A Primer in Positive Psychology

"This is a brilliant, innovative, enormously practical, and hugely important work. Where positive psychology and strength-based philosophies usually stumble, this book soars, namely, in practical application. If teachers and parents would all read this and implement its suggestions, our broken educational system would be fixed in no time. Truly, this book could change the world."
--Edward Hallowell, MD, author of Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood to Adulthood

"With this important book, Jenifer Fox expands the strengths revolution to our children. Your Child's Strengths is a smart and useful guide for any parent-full of great exercises that will change the way your kids think about themselves and their future."
--Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind

"Your Child's Strengths contains clear, interesting, step-by-step techniques for identifying and utilizing children's cognitive and emotional strengths -- an excellent starting point for any parent, teacher, or student who wants to take the more effective step of focusing on assets rather than liabilities. The wisdom contained in this remarkable volume will be a godsend, not only for those who are just beginning to try to understand a child's learning style but also for those already battered by a misguided educational system."
--Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., coauthor of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

"Your Child's Strengths puts in plain view what has been in front of us all along -- that education and character development always do best to first identify and deepen strengths, rather than to first (and too often exclusively) focus on deficit and weaknesses. Fox's approach is more interesting, more effective, and ultimately more humane."
--Michael Riera, author of Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You, and How to Hear What They're Really Saying

"When I was labeled 'learning disabled,' the educational system tried everything to fix me, from giving me purple-colored reading glasses to putting me through hundreds of hours of remediation. Through all these efforts to fix what was supposedly wrong with me, my strengths, gifts, and talents were not simply neglected or ignored, but negated. Jenifer Fox has taken a groundbreaking and important stand against the standardized deficit and remediation education that dominates the lives of millions of students. Philosophical yet extremely practical, innovative yet grounded in solid research on effective pedagogy, Your Child's Strengths is a must read for any student, parent, and educator."
--Jonathan Mooney, author of The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal and Learning Outside the Lines

Praise from Parents and Teachers for Your Child's Strengths

"Your Child's Strengths is a book that will be on my bookshelf as my children grow older. It is one that I hope will help me alter my parenting style to one that is rooted in positivity and loving my children for [their] strengths."
--Stephanie, mother of Ryan, age eight, and Natalie, age four

"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 . . . is about a vision . . . of seeing things in a positive light."
--Maryanne, mother of Alexander, age six

"We live in a world that is focused on the negative. Schools are designed to identify what is 'wrong' with a child; parents tend to try to 'fix' their children. As Jenifer Fox argues, what is needed is a fundamental shift in attitude. Parents and teachers should focus on a child's strengths, not their weaknesses. . . . Not simply skills that the child has developed an acuity for, but rather those skills which . . . provide them with a sense of accomplishment and excitement."
--Jeff, father of Jessica, age four

"I am reading your book and I LOVE IT! It speaks to my heart and my beliefs about children and education! This is perfect for teacher training since it has theory and practice in it."
--Lynn Varner, Thad Cochran Center for Rural School Leadership and Research

"As a career middle school teacher, I know how challenging it can be to manage a classroom full of diverse learners. It is easy to focus on 'fixing' what is wrong with kids. What Fox does in this book is offer a practical program to build on students' strengths. She shows us how to discover them with great activities and exercises and also makes a strong case that building on student strengths lays the groundwork for students to improve their performance overall. I, for one, am looking forward to sharing this book with the parents of kids I teach and using the exercises and ideas in it to partner with them to see our students in a new light. Great book, groundbreaking."
--Paul Nicholson, middle school teacher

"As an educator, I always believed that every child and student should have the opportunity to achieve great things. Unfortunately, our educational system just isn't set up that way. Your Child's Strengths is part of an amazing eaucational movement that is calling parents and teachers to see what their children do well and utilizing that to help them learn. My daughter will be entering some type of preschool program this fall. And you can be certain I'll be observing how they capitalize on her strengths."
--Kristen, music educator and mother of Quinlan, age four

"The message and resources in this book are clearly what the California State Public System needs to embrace as a way to address our struggling system."
--Yale Wishnick, Ed.D., California Teachers Association Institute for Teaching

"It is difficult to deny the potential for success that Fox writes about in her new book."
--California Teachers Association Foundation for Teaching and Leaming