- Paperback: 92 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (18 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1521109435
- ISBN-13: 978-1521109434
- Product Dimensions:: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
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Grit for Kids: 16 top steps for developing Grit, Passion, Willpower, and Perseverance in kids for self-confidence and a successful life Paperback – 18 May 2017
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Teach your kids to develop Grit, that combination of passion, purpose, and perseverance that has been identified as a key to success! SECOND EDITION: Contains new chapters explaining Grit, why you should develop it, questions to ask your kids, additional resources, and much more.. Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another. Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Everyone has heard of Grit. Its that unique combination of passion and perseverance that has been identified as a key to success. But while much has been written on how to develop these attributes for adults, there hasnt been much practical advice on how to develop grit in children. Your kids are the most important people in your lives. In this increasingly competitive and confusing world they need you to help them be their best. They need you to guide them in developing traits for success and happiness. Grit for Kids will teach you how to help your child to develop their own grit in just 16 easy-to-follow chapters. Each one contains real stories of real kids facing common situations, proven steps to take in these situations, and the outcomes after the steps were taken. Your son or daughter will confidently be able to: Develop Discover what theyre really interested in pursuing; belief in their skills; ability to overcome negativity; desire to learn more about everything; ability to bounce back after a setback; capability to defend their beliefs and opinions. Manage Ability to recognize and control emotional outbursts; recognize small vs. big problems and keep them in perspective; recognize their unique strengths and weaknesses; be appreciative of differences in people; learn to right the wrongs they may have caused to others
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My first objection is that Lee David Daniels clearly got his inspiration for Grit for Kids from Duckworth's book; however, not once does he credit or even refer to her work in his writing. While not technically plagiarism, I do feel that Daniels is, in a sense, "stealing" Duckworth's material. Angela Duckworth has invested years in her research on the concept of Grit. She has interviewed countless successful people who model passion and perseverance. She is a scholar and a scientist. What credibility does Mr. Daniels have? Is he a parent, a teacher, a coach or other professional who has mentored children who went on to be successful adults? Or is he just another "Dr. Spock," who is opining how to develop gritty kids, when he actually has no proven track record of doing so?
Second, this book is amateurish--fraught with typos and grammatical errors. As an experienced copy editor, I found this terribly distracting. It also didn't give me a lot of confidence in Daniels' credibility. The author makes the common mistake of bouncing back-and-forth between he and she, attempting to be gender inclusive. It would be less awkward to say, "To develop _____ characteristic in you children..." and then use the pronouns 'they' and 'them' in his bullet points.
While it was good that the author's examples of Grit development depicted wise, loving and supportive parents, not all children have this kind of role models in their lives. I would have liked to have seen examples of grandparents, foster guardians, teachers, coaches club leaders and other supportive adults, as well.
Next, I am not a fan of the promotion of Yoga with children. It is way more effective to help children talk out their goals and issues regarding the attainment of those goals with sympathetic adults than to utilize breathing techniques and other stress-relief methods. Yoga is the only religious practice specifically mentioned in the book. If you are going to talk about that, then how about including prayer and other religious exercises?
The book is succinct and practical, but it is too short. It gives examples, but they seem contrived. The tone is very "preachy," particularly coming from someone who seems to have no real expertise on the subject. It's more of a primer or booklet than an actual book about developing Grit in kids. If it included a study guide or discussion questions and was better developed, perhaps it could be included in parenting classes or some sort of support group.
In summary, this was a fair first draft or outline of what could be covered in a book about developing Grit in young people. Nevertheless, I think it would behoove the author to go back and flesh out this book some more. First, he needs to explain just what Grit is by paraphrasing and quoting some of Angela Duckworth's key points--and giving her credit for them. Second, he could quote or refer to some of her "grit paradigms" or use headings from Duckworth's books to discuss his points, and then give his examples and strategies. He might need to get permission from Duckworth to do so. She may even be gracious enough to collaborate with him--provided he can demonstrate that his advice is useful and credible. Finally, he needs to hire a competent editor to help him correct his errata.
Having raised two highly intelligent and successful young men, I know it takes a lot of hard work, understanding and prayer to foster passion and perseverance in children. I have also been involved in education and mentoring young people in religious and club settings. I would have loved to have had access to Angela Duckworth's book back in my earlier years, as well as something to help me practically apply some of her principles at home and in those other settings. While Lee David Daniel's book might whet someone's appetite and get them thinking in this area, I am not sure it would be the best resource available to parents and other supportive adults for developing Grit in their kids.
In her best-selling book Grit, psychologist Angela Duckworth defines it as the combination of passion and perseverance. Until she published her research, grit was something people picked up almost entirely as a result of circumstance and luck. Now it’s a skill we can teach and now, thanks to Lee David Daniels book, you can teach your kids.
Daniels breaks it down into 16 points such as teaching self-control, respect for others, making decisions, motivating and dealing with setbacks. This is a not a step-by-step process but more of a ‘what to do when’ process. For each point, he offers a short introduction, then very practical ‘steps you can take’ and finally, ‘applications in the real world’. It’s the kind of book you will want to refer to often and the structure makes that easy to do.
Daniels writes in an easy, straightforward style and unlike too many self-published books these days it is completely free of any distracting error, nor does he waste a reader’s time with the repetitive padding so common in self-help books.
Parents who care about their kids will find this an invaluable guide.
Get Duckworth's book instead.
This has a shiny cover.