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  • Published: 16 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780593085295
  • Imprint: Putnam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $29.99

Thrivers

The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine



The bestselling author of UnSelfie offers 7 teachable traits that will safeguard our kids for the future.

We think we have to push our kids to do more, achieve more, BE more. But we’re modeling the wrong traits—like rule-following and caution—and research shows it’s NOT working. This kind of “Striver” mindset isn’t just making kids unhappier, says Dr. Michele Borba…it’s actually the opposite of what it takes to thrive in the uncertain world ahead.

Thrivers are different: they flourish in our fast-paced, digital-driven, often uncertain world. Why? Through her in-depth research, Dr. Borba discovered that the difference comes down not to grades or test scores, but to seven character traits that set Thrivers apart—confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism. 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.

  • Published: 16 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780593085295
  • Imprint: Putnam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $29.99

Praise for Thrivers

People say, ‘I wish kids would come with a manual.’ Well now they do. If you want to get parenting right, pick up this book.

Dr. Phil

Thrivers offers both science-based information and respectful, practical, and effective tools. Full of activities and ideas to cultivate the skills and mindset kids need to thrive, Borba encourages parents to use everyday moments to respond in ways that build relational and neural connections to promote optimal development, independence, and success. More than ever, our children need us to parent in ways that promote growth and resilience in the face of adversity, and Thrivers can serve as an essential guide.

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline, The Yes Brain, & The Power of Showing Up, and author of The Bottom Line for Baby

Thrivers is a call to action. Our children are hurting, and Thrivers shows you the cost—not only in accurately describing the challenges our children face but also showing how to make it better. 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

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