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- Publication Date: October 20, 2016
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Grit for Kids: 16 top steps for developing Grit, Passion, Willpower, and Perseverance in kids for self-confidence and a successful life (motivating children, ... perseverance, setting goals, power) Kindle Edition
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My first objection is that Lee David Daniels clearly got his inspiration for Grit for Kids from Duckworth's book; however, not once does he credit or even refer to her work in his writing. While not technically plagiarism, I do feel that Daniels is, in a sense, "stealing" Duckworth's material. Angela Duckworth has invested years in her research on the concept of Grit. She has interviewed countless successful people who model passion and perseverance. She is a scholar and a scientist. What credibility does Mr. Daniels have? Is he a parent, a teacher, a coach or other professional who has mentored children who went on to be successful adults? Or is he just another "Dr. Spock," who is opining how to develop gritty kids, when he actually has no proven track record of doing so?
Second, this book is amateurish--fraught with typos and grammatical errors. As an experienced copy editor, I found this terribly distracting. It also didn't give me a lot of confidence in Daniels' credibility. The author makes the common mistake of bouncing back-and-forth between he and she, attempting to be gender inclusive. It would be less awkward to say, "To develop _____ characteristic in you children..." and then use the pronouns 'they' and 'them' in his bullet points.
While it was good that the author's examples of Grit development depicted wise, loving and supportive parents, not all children have this kind of role models in their lives. I would have liked to have seen examples of grandparents, foster guardians, teachers, coaches club leaders and other supportive adults, as well.
Next, I am not a fan of the promotion of Yoga with children. It is way more effective to help children talk out their goals and issues regarding the attainment of those goals with sympathetic adults than to utilize breathing techniques and other stress-relief methods. Yoga is the only religious practice specifically mentioned in the book. If you are going to talk about that, then how about including prayer and other religious exercises?
The book is succinct and practical, but it is too short. It gives examples, but they seem contrived. The tone is very "preachy," particularly coming from someone who seems to have no real expertise on the subject. It's more of a primer or booklet than an actual book about developing Grit in kids. If it included a study guide or discussion questions and was better developed, perhaps it could be included in parenting classes or some sort of support group.
In summary, this was a fair first draft or outline of what could be covered in a book about developing Grit in young people. Nevertheless, I think it would behoove the author to go back and flesh out this book some more. First, he needs to explain just what Grit is by paraphrasing and quoting some of Angela Duckworth's key points--and giving her credit for them. Second, he could quote or refer to some of her "grit paradigms" or use headings from Duckworth's books to discuss his points, and then give his examples and strategies. He might need to get permission from Duckworth to do so. She may even be gracious enough to collaborate with him--provided he can demonstrate that his advice is useful and credible. Finally, he needs to hire a competent editor to help him correct his errata.
Having raised two highly intelligent and successful young men, I know it takes a lot of hard work, understanding and prayer to foster passion and perseverance in children. I have also been involved in education and mentoring young people in religious and club settings. I would have loved to have had access to Angela Duckworth's book back in my earlier years, as well as something to help me practically apply some of her principles at home and in those other settings. While Lee David Daniel's book might whet someone's appetite and get them thinking in this area, I am not sure it would be the best resource available to parents and other supportive adults for developing Grit in their kids.
Grit for Kids is a short, application focused short book that can provide some needed guidance to parents who are struggling with how to help their kids follow through in the face of challenges, or just boredom. It says a minimal amount about the theory of “grit” and dives into scenarios and techniques you can use to encourage the right combination of endurance and passion with children in your care. The examples are realistic and address children of a variety of ages from later elementary to high school.
The author captures the essential parts of grit, including the subtlety that gets lost in many interpretations which focus on "persistence" over all else. As Angela Duckworth describes the concept of “grit,” it also means understanding your limits. I would recommend reading Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, but that is a larger time commitment, and this book might just fill a gap. It will give you ideas to get started, as it is easily readable during a couple of short blocks of idle time.
The book would be better if the author pointed to resources to go more deeply. And it is a bit simplistic, but if you are looking for a way to understand how to help your kids get on the road to being grittier, then this is worth a look if the price is right. But do follow up with the original book, or at least the TED talk.
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