Magazine article Work & Family Life

The Traits Kids Need to Survive and Thrive in Today's World

Magazine article Work & Family Life

The Traits Kids Need to Survive and Thrive in Today's World

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Don't be misled into thinking that parents can't make a difference, says Dr. Ron Taffel, author of the new and extraordinary book, Nurturing Good Children Now. "We can help our children to become 'good' children-children who are moral, feel comfortable in their own skin, and are able to be their best selves despite the pull of the culture."

Dr. Taffel suggests that in order to do this, parents must recognize that inside each child is a unique "core" that can be protected and strengthened according to his or her specific personality and temperament.

He has identified 10 corebuilders which are applicable to toddlers or teens-traits children need to connect successfully with you and with the world. They are Mood Mastery, Respect, Expressiveness, Passion, Peer Smarts (see the front page of this issue), Focus, Body Comfort, Caution, Team Intelligence and Gratitude.

Drawing on his own and other research as well as his clinical practice and work with many parent groups, Dr. …

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