RECOMMENDED READING FOR PARENTS

Many people have commented on the fact that they love hearing about what I have been reading so I thought I would share some of the books which have contributed to the development of my work over the past few years.

 

I love all the work focusing on building children’s strengths:

The Strength Switch: how the new science of strength-based parenting helps your child and your teen flourish

As a strengths-based scientist for more than 20 years, Dr Lea Waters has witnessed first-hand how focusing on our children’s strengths, rather than correcting their weaknesses, can help build resilience and optimism, and offer protection from depression and anxiety.

In this game-changing book, she argues that by throwing the ‘strength switch’ parents can encourage creativity, develop their children’s self-esteem and energy, and enhance achievement ― and she offers easy-to-follow steps to teach parents how.

With specific tips for interacting with your kids and your teens, The Strength Switch offers all the tools parents need to discover talents in their children, use positive emotions as a resource, build strong brains, and deal with problem behaviours and difficult emotions. This essential book will show parents how a small shift can yield enormous results.

 

 

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment

In this groundbreaking, heart-lifting and deeply useful book, Martin Seligman, internationally esteemed psychologist and the father of Positive Psychology, shows us that happiness can be learned and cultivated.

Using many years of in-depth psychological research he lays out the 24 strengths and virtues unique to the human psyche and teaches you how to identify the ones you possess. By calling upon your signature strengths, you will not only develop natural buffers against misfortune and negative emotion, but also improve the world around you – at work, in love and in raising children – achieving new and sustainable contentment, joy and meaning.

This book is particularly great for giving a simple explanation of life’s ups and downs

 

 

 

I hadn’t read Dr Seuss books as a child but someone introduced me to this short story which is fantastic for acknowledging the need for resilience and for learning that everyone’s’ lives have ups and downs and we learn so much from our journeys along the way.

Oh The Places You’ll Go (Dr Seuss) 

From fun times and triumphs to lurches and slumps, Dr. Seuss takes an entertaining look at the adventures that life may have in store for us.

This brand new paperback edition is perfect for everyday reading for all ages, as well as for those important life events such as graduations, weddings, christenings or changing school.

"Thank you Sarah for a really interesting session with our two teenage daughters. The questionnaire was simple for them to complete but the report was really comprehensive – as well as reinforcing things we already knew, it provided some really useful food for thought on their motivators (including, interestingly, how they can use this insight to push and develop themselves further). I really was impressed with your style and approach and how you engaged with them. Thanks again for a really helpful session"

Gill Bonello