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Strengths Based Parenting


Strengths Based Parenting doesn't prescribe one "right" way to parent. Instead, this book empowers you to embrace your individual parenting style by discovering and developing your own -- and your children's -- talents and strengths.

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How can you discover your children’s unique talents? And how can you use your own talents and strengths to be the most effective and supportive parent possible?

Strengths Based Parenting addresses these and other questions on parents’ minds. But unlike many parenting books, Strengths Based Parenting focuses on identifying and understanding what your children are naturally good at and where they thrive -- not on their weaknesses. The book also helps you uncover your own innate talents and effectively apply them to your individual parenting style.

You’ll find stories, examples and practical advice as well as a CliftonStrengths assessment access code for parents and one for kids, so you can take the first step to discovering your innate talents and those of your children.

Thrive as a Family on the Strengths Journey

Strengths Based Parenting is grounded in decades of Gallup research on strengths psychology, including assessments of nearly 1 million young people.

Gallup knows that focusing on talents and strengths can improve the quality of people's lives. Now, in Strengths Based Parenting, Gallup extends strengths psychology to the most important operating system in the world -- the family.

Embrace Your Unique Parenting Style

Author Mary Reckmeyer, Ph.D., has studied talent-based interviews of thousands of individuals, including children, teachers and parents, and she helped create the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer. In Strengths Based Parenting, she introduces the theory behind strengths development and shares stories from her own experience as a parent and as a teacher.

She illustrates the power of strengths-based parenting using examples and stories of parents who encouraged their children's uniqueness and helped them find their paths to successful adulthood.

She also discusses:

  • practical advice on how to set kids up for success, including how to manage weaknesses
  • what kids need most
  • insights into parenting strengths, styles and partnerships
  • how to cultivate and develop children's talents and strengths
  • strengths-based schools

What's Included

The first part of Strengths Based Parenting is full of stories about real parents and children as well as examples and practical advice grounded in years of research.

The second part of Strengths Based Parenting gives you the tools you need to identify your own talents as a parent and your children's talents using the language and science of strengths.

Every new copy of Strengths Based Parenting includes two unique access codes -- one for the CliftonStrengths assessment and one for the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer assessment. The book also includes a section about StrengthsSpotting, Gallup's model for finding talents in younger children.

Cover of Your Signature Theme Report.
CliftonStrengths Assessment

The online CliftonStrengths assessment is recommended for parents and for children 15 and older. After you complete the assessment, you'll have access to your CliftonStrengths Top 5, including personalized reports and tools to learn more about your strengths.

Cover of StrengthsExplorer Top 3 Report.
Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer Assessment

The online Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer assessment is recommended for children aged 10-14. After answering questions that measure how they naturally think, act and feel, your children will learn which of the 10 StrengthsExplorer talent themes are strongest in them -- their top three -- based on their unique responses to the assessment.

Young children playing.

StrengthsSpotting is Gallup's model for finding talents in children who are younger than 10 years old. It is based on the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer and relies on repeated observations of your child in a variety of settings and interactions. Strengths Based Parenting gives you detailed guidance on practicing and perfecting StrengthsSpotting.

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The Tools You Need to Parent
Once you identify your children's area of talent and your own, you can start developing them into strengths. To jumpstart this process, the book gives you definitions, questions, action items, talent theme contrasts, and clues and snapshots of how a young child may exhibit a particular talent theme. Use these tools as a reference after taking the assessments or simply spotting your children’s talents in action.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this book just for parents?

No. Teachers, grandparents, coaches and any adults who work with kids can also benefit from the advice in Strengths Based Parenting. This book is for anyone who spends time with and cares about the children in their lives.

Does this book include an access code to take the CliftonStrengths assessment?

Yes. Strengths Based Parenting includes two access codes. One code is for the CliftonStrengths assessment, and the other code is for the CliftonStrengths Youth StrengthsExplorer assessment. The CliftonStrengths assessment is recommended for parents and for children 15 and older. The Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer assessment is recommended for children aged 10 to 14.

What is the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer assessment?

Designed for children aged 10 to 14, the online CliftonStrengths Youth StrengthsExplorer assessment is a fun, simple way for children to discover and develop their talents through a series of questions that identifies their top three themes of talent. Strengths Based Parenting includes an access code to take this assessment.

What if my children are younger than 10?

Because these children are so young, Gallup doesn’t have an online assessment they can take that reveals their talents. Instead, Strengths Based Parenting includes a section on StrengthsSpotting -- Gallup’s model for finding talents in children who are younger than 10 years old. StrengthsSpotting uses the 10 Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer themes as a foundation, combined with repeated observations of young children in a variety of settings and interactions.

How will I receive my access codes?

When you purchase a physical book that includes an access code(s), you can find your access code(s) in a sealed packet in the back of the book. The packet includes your unique access code(s) and instructions for how to redeem your code(s) and take the online assessment(s). You will not receive any access codes digitally when you purchase a hardcopy version of a book because all codes are delivered to you in the sealed packet.

What do I do if I need a CliftonStrengths code immediately and cannot wait for my book to arrive?

You can purchase CliftonStrengths Top 5 or CliftonStrengths 34. Access codes for all of these products are delivered digitally.


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Publication date:
February 2016
Dimensions (W x L x thickness):
6 x 9 x 1.2 inches
Product weight:
1.37 lb.
Strengths Based Parenting