What’s the best way to prepare children for success and adulthood?

This question has probably crossed the minds of every parent, teacher, and grandparent, as well as many others. For years, we thought intelligence was the best predictor, but in Paul Tough’s New York Times best-seller How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, he argues that other traits matter far more. Tough weaves together stories and research to turn traditional notions of success on their heads.

Want to learn more about how you can help the kids in your life succeed? Leave a comment below and join us for our live conference call on Tuesday, August 2, at 7:30 pm EDT.

Book Discussion

When: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm EST
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Who should join? Parents, educators, grandparents, and anyone who works with kids or has some in their lives.
Why join? To explore ways children succeed and how we can help set them up for success.

(from paultough.com)
The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a child successful. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.
How Children Succeed introduces a new generation of scientists and educators who are radically changing our understanding of how children develop character, how they learn to think, and how they overcome adversity. It tells the personal stories of young people struggling to stay on the right side of the line between success and failure. And it argues for a new way of thinking about how best to steer an individual child—or a whole generation of children—toward a successful future. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers, it will also change our understanding of childhood itself.

About: Mina Simhai

Mina Simhai earned her Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute and served as a teaching assistant for CiPP4. She teaches positive psychology at George Washington University. She is also a recovering lawyer, yoga teacher and mother. Her latest project is bringing the tools of positive psychology to lawyers and others in the DC area and across the country. Her top strengths are judgment, love of learning, curiosity, love, and appreciation of beauty. Mina is an avid reader and looks forward to launching the WBI Book Club with you.