Publisher: G.P. Putman’s Sons
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA)
Available in: Hardcover, E-Reader
Published: March 2, 2021
The bestselling author of UnSelfie explains why the old markers of accomplishment (grades, test scores) are no longer reliable predictors of success in the 21 century- and offers 7 teachable traits that will safeguard our kids for the future.
Michele Borba has been a teacher, educational consultant, and parent for 40 years — and she’s never been more worried than she is about this current generation of kids.
The high-achieving students she talks with every day are more accomplished, better educated, and more privileged than ever before. They’re also more stressed, unhappier, and struggling with anxiety, depression, and burnout at younger and younger ages — “we’re like pretty packages with nothing inside,” said one young teen.
Thrivers are different: they flourish in our fast-paced, digital-driven, often uncertain world. Why?
Dr. Borba 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 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.
Helping Children Thrive in Uncertain Times:
A Parent Video Series with Dr. Michele Borba
#1: Helping Kids Stay Upbeat In Tough Times
#2: Simple Kid Stress Reducers
#3: Coping Strategies For Children
#4: Parent Burnout Cures
#5: Reducing Teen Stress
#6: Reducing Sibling Battles
#7: Strengthening Focusing And Study Habits
#8: Raising Independent Learners
#9: Boosting Social Skills
#10: Curbing Teen Anxiety
-Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do
“If you add one book to your parenting bookshelf this year, make it Thrivers.”
-Madeline Levine, Ph.D., author of The Price of Privilege, Teach Your Children Well, and Ready or Not
“Dr. Michele Borba combines her deep understanding of children with decades of research to offer the wise, practical guidance that parents urgently need today.”
-Lisa Damour, PhD, author of Untangled and Under Pressure
“Thrivers is the North Star every parent needs to point kids toward happiness, purpose, and true success.”
-Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., author of Freeing Your Child from Anxiety and Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking
“Thrivers is the resource I’ve yearned for as a parent and teacher”
-Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure
“I urge any person who cares about children and the health of our communities to read Thrivers and apply the wisdom and common sense advice you will find in its pages to every aspect of your life.”
– Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, Masterminds & Wingmen, and Owning Up