Spot Their Strengths: a 100 Word Parenting Tip
This post is made possible with support from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, part of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All opinions are my own.
The Center for Parent and Teen Communication provides science based strategies to support healthy family relationships. They are a team of people that provide advice and resources for parents so that they are more equipped to raise teens that are prepared to thrive. I was recently introduced to their 1-minute parenting animations and found myself most interested in the video about spotting your child’s strengths. I learned very early on in my parenting years that not every child’s strengths are represented by how far they can kick a ball or how fast they can run a lap. This video was a great reminder that just as no two children are the same, no two strengths are the same.
Far too often we focus on how our children perform when it comes to their physical strength and skills. One important lesson that my teen has taught me is to look outside that norm. She has shown me that strengths come in all different shapes and sizes. As a parent, it is our responsibility to embrace our children’s strengths (no matter what they may be) and guide them so they can find positive uses for them. And remember, just because your child is good at something, that does not mean it’s their passion. Passion and strength don’t always go hand in hand.
Watch the six one minute animations for yourself and let me know which one is your favorite or connects with you the most! Plus, don’t forget to sign up for the CPTC’s 100-word daily parenting tip newsletter.