Play to Their Strengths by Analyn & Brandon Miller

Bring out the best in your children by shifting the focus to what's right with your kids instead of what's wrong!



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I was so excited to get this book and read it, but it took me a bit longer to digest, since it's just a few pages longer than a children's picture book {wink}:







However, once I had a chance to pick it up and check it out, I flew through the pages.


It's just the type of book that is great to have on your parenting shelf at home, because it's full of helpful little reminders and exercises to work through as a family to help your kids be all that they can be.

G and I are planning to read through it together over the course of several weeks, teaming up to discuss each chapter and how it relates to our fabulous, unique Gv.

What I love most about this book is that the advice comes from a strengths-based point of view. This very much lines up with the positive coaching/teaching/parenting stance that I've followed for years and years.



Besides keeping the parenting focus on positives as much as possible, this book helps parents live in "discovery mode," where they use every opportunity to notice their child's strengths and then help nurture those as much as possible.

Obviously there are certain things in life everyone needs to be able to do, but the authors (Analyn & Brandon Miller) suggest that instead of spending the bulk of the time trying to improve weak areas, the focus should be on taking the already-strong points to an even higher level.

They use many examples to illustrate this, from grades on a report card (not stressing over the "C" in math too much, but taking the "A+" in reading to the equivalent of an "A++++") to over-developing an already-strong sports area so that it drowns out other, weaker areas and therefore the child still has an opportunity to excel.


Besides all of the great ideas that can be found in these pages, I appreciate how honest the Millers are with relating their own parenting journey.

The parents of seven children ranging ages from elementary school to married adults, Analyn and Brandon started down the parenting path at a young age. 

They learned a lot along the way and aren't afraid to share a few of their regrettable moments as well as their attempts to repair any relationship disconnects that resulted from them.

It's refreshing to encounter such a genuine and real attitude in an advice book!

I highly recommend this book, mainly because I feel it will get the gears in your head turning to help you look for ways to nurture the strengths in your kids, as opposed to focusing on fixing the weaknesses.

And even if you aren't a parent, I often had the thought while reading it that the book would be just as helpful to a teacher, or a spouse, or really to anyone who deals with others on a repeated basis.

Pick up your own copy of this helpful playbook here and start uncovering the hidden gems in your children today!

Have you heard of the strengths-based parenting approach before?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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