Strengths for Parents

Need a step-by-step handbook to jump-start your student’s successful future? Apply the SMART Strengths approach to how you parent. You would not build a house without a plan, and SMART Strengths is the perfect blueprint for parenting success—defining practical, sensible, and realistic strategies for both parents and their children to use in their everyday lives.

Why should you care about parent strengths?

Think that you have outgrown peer pressure? Interestingly, social comparison is at work throughout your life. In our communities, we all exhibit a tendency to compare our kids and our success (or lack of achievement) as parents. At its worst, this predisposition to compare ourselves to others could lead to results that erode both our children’s, along with our own well-being as we strive to be up to speed on a treadmill of ever-increasing expectations.

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The SMART Strengths model will keep both you and your child focused on the “good” of a person—what development strategies work—even when your daily interactions are not necessarily going well. Are you feeling trapped by focusing on what is wrong–disappointing school performance, disorganization, or disputes with family and friends? Use the SMART Strengths model to help you and your child accomplish the following:

  • Appreciate what drives conflict, and answer the question: “What might be good about this emotional obstacle?”
  • Understand and respond to challenging behavior through a newer, more practical lens.
  • Develop strategies that work with strengths and values your family members already have to help build positive character traits of which you would like to have more.
  • Find new ways to connect and build quality relationships with your children and their teachers that will expand your collective strengths and support your family’s well-being.

SMART Strengths is a treasure chest of stories, replicable strategies, and research supported approaches that teach you how to identify and build the strengths of both you and your family. The Guided Mini-Journal Format helps you get the most out of the learn-as-you-read approach. Every chapter also contains activities, resources, and real-life examples.

Using the SMART Model, parents will learn to:

  • Spot and manage the individual strengths of every member of your family.
  • Use a strengths-based common language for sharing why complex situations have gone well, and extend this to manage struggles in a positive manner.
  • Develop high-quality connections and collaborative methods to bring out the best in one another.
  • Help your children further develop the strengths that will assist them with navigating the challenges they face, both now and in the future.

Taking the focus away from “fixing” what is wrong with an individual is the first step to guiding their self-improvement, and your family’s well-being.

The Smart Strengths Approach to Positive Education Infographic