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In this episode, Dr. Michele Borba, author of the book ‘Thrivers’, and I discuss the importance of teaching children resilience and optimism. 

We explore parenting strategies and practical tips for nurturing self-confidence, empathy, and self-control in kids. Our conversation highlights the role of parents in helping children navigate challenges and develop the skills needed to thrive in today’s uncertain world.

We cover:

  • [3:50] Teaching our kids self empowerment
  • [8:05] Three categories of character strengths
  • [10:05] Nurturing a caring heart and developing self-confidence
  • [14:10] Seven traits and using them interchangeably 
  • [17:20] Developing a strong mind and self-control
  • [22:10] Noticing when kids are feeling out of control and responding calmly
  • [24:00] The impact of stress in our kids’ lives
  • [26:40] Developing and encouraging optimism 
  • [35:05] Advice she would give to her younger parent self

Dr. Michelle is an educational psychologist, bestselling author, and Today Show contributor who has spoken to over 1 million participants on five continents and to countless media about child development issues.

She blends 40 years of teaching and consulting experience with the latest science to offer sound Realistic advice to parents and teachers and child advocates about helping children thrive.

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