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A necessity for anyone who spends time around children,
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This review is from: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough (30 Minute Expert Summary) (Kindle Edition)
The full version of this book seemed daunting and scientific, but this summary version gets to the point and was something I could swallow easily in one afternoon. I've always thought that young kids will forget bad experiences they had as a child, but boy was I wrong. In this book, the author argues that early childhood experiences can negatively affect a child's character and overall well being, way after they've overcome and perhaps forgotten about those memories. I found it interesting that he argues a high IQ doesn't necessarily equal a successful child - I know many people today think the smart kids will be successful no matter what - but every child needs strong character building to be successful in society, regardless of intelligence. This book also provides the tools to intervene and "save" a child from being unsuccessful. Not only is this applicable to the children we teach, but it certainly aids in understanding peers and other adults as well. If you're a parent, health professional, or anyone who deals with kids on a daily basis, this book is for you. It made me think twice about the way I treat my own children, as well as those others I encounter every day.