You may have seen Michele Borba, ED.D. on the Today Show giving advice on teaching character strengths to children.
I was lucky enough to see her speak at a school in Philadelphia. You can tell she is the EXPERT and one of the most passionate advocates for children and teens.
If you have not seen her, spend some time on You Tube to see and witness what I mean.
Thrivers: The Surprising Reason Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine
Dr. Borba says Thrivers are made not born.
Even before the pandemic, children were stressed, lonely and overwhelmed. According to Dr. Borba, we have focused so much on testing and being competitive, we have lost touch and not taught children how to be human.
When I read this….it caused a moment of pause. It is a profound statement and one I believe to be true.
Teach Character and Manners to Children
Here is the good news. Character strengths can and must be taught to children. Character strengths, teaching manners and life skills are as important as academic success.
Dr. Borba Lists Character Strengths As:
The book is filled with proven strategies you can easily teach children from preschool through high school.
I like how Dr. Borba gives you ideas on how to weave these skills into our everyday lives. We don’t always need worksheets or lectures.
By reading this book, we learn how to find meaningful ways to nurture the seven character strengths by modeling, discussing and pointing them out.
As always, thanks for reading and being a part of the manners movement.
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Teaching manners and character strengths in your classroom will make a difference.