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Fox, head of a girl's boarding school in New Jersey, writes about a strengths-based curriculum she developed and implemented with great success. She not only presents a workbook that can be utilized by educators and parents, but also offers a convincing argument in favor of over-turning outdated curriculums and teaching methods. Instead of focusing on weaknesses, Fox submits that children do far better when the focus is on their strengths. Childhood is for "creative dreaming," not preparation for standardized tests. Fox identifies three types of strengths: activity, learning and relationship strengths, and helps parents guide their children toward self-discovery, explaining that true strengths include not only what a child is good at, but what she enjoys and makes her feel strong. The book is written in a lively and engaging style, and sprinkled with anecdotes from Fox's teaching life and her own experiences as a student who was frustrated and uncomfortable in a traditional school setting. Clearly, writing is one of Fox's strengths, as is her inspiring passion for helping kids lead meaningful lives.
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"Brilliant, innovative, enormously practical . . . this book could change the world."
-Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Driven to Distraction
"Jenifer Fox has extraordinary insight into the minds of young people and an unshakable belief in their potential. . . . This is one program that the schools must have."
-Marcus Buckingham, from the Foreword
Beautifully written, easy to follow, and makes perfect sense. I was pleased to see that I already parent to my children's strengths but gave me even more insight how to take it one... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nickie Bell
Jenifer Fox's "Your Children's Strengths" is a book every parent should read! Her brilliant forward thinking approach to contextual learning is a model for educators. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by JOHN BLAIR HOLLIS
It is really important to discover strengths as early as possible, so that you can make the most of them through out life. This book helps you to do just that.Published on February 13, 2013 by Kathy Howard
If you want to get full use of this book then your children need to be in school because the tests in the back are not for young children so for now this one sits on my bookshelf... Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Lorena
Page after page of the author stating and restating the idea (that people would be better off discovering, focusing on and building upon their talents rather than focusing on their... Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Akasha
This is the missing link in parenting books. It also keeps the education subject in check. A must read.Published on June 24, 2010 by Foster Kanon
Your Child's Strengths is an excellent guid for young parents. It is an easy read filled with valuable advice. I highly recommend this book for parents.Published on April 15, 2010 by John L. Carter Jr.
Great book, great, thought-provoking ideas....have
recommended it to others and have used it as a resource
for a research paper.