Thrivers by Michele Borba

I teach high school students for a living. It’s amazing to hear their personal stories of hardship and daily struggles that they go through, on top of trying to get good grades in school and sometimes work an almost full-time job! It blows my mind! They come to me and think it will all amount to nothing, when little do they know their hard work and caring hearts are doing more than they think!

Thank you Putnam for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Thrivers are different: they flourish in our fast-paced, digital-driven, often uncertain world. Why? Dr. Borba combed scientific studies on resilience, spoke to dozens of researchers/experts in the field and interviewed more than 100 young people from all walks of life, and she found something surprising: the difference between those who struggle and those who succeed comes down not to grades or test scores, but to seven character traits that set Thrivers apart (and set them up for happiness and greater accomplishment later in life). These traits–confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism–will allow kids to roll with the punches and succeed in life. And the even better news: these traits can be taught to children at any age…in fact, parents and educations must do so. In Thrivers, Dr. Borba offers practical, actionable ways to develop these traits in children from preschool through high school, showing how to teach kids how to cope today so they can thrive tomorrow.

I tend to get a little nervous when I see books that have steps to success, but this one read different than the others. As a high school teacher by trade, I greatly appreciate the hard work and research that Dr. Borba put into this book to show how impactful life lessons are on children and how they can shape us to be more successful than we can ever imagine. This is a truly eye-opening read for anyone with children in their life, but especially for parents and educators. This one will make you think.

4/5 Stars

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