“To be a strength-based parent, you must look for what your child is doing right before you look at what he is doing wrong. You focus on his strengths before we turn to his shortcomings.”

Lea Waters, Ph.D

Book Chats

A small shift can yield enormous results


Flip the switch! Learn how you can focus on your child's strengths rather than trying to correct his or her weakness. Join Counselor Jan Weintraub for her spring book chats. Weintraub will explore ways parents may "flip the switch" to help build resilience, optimism and achievement in their children using “The Strength Switch: How the New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Teen to Flourish” by Lea Waters for inspiration. 

The science behind the switch

Waters is a strengths-based scientist with more than 20 years experience. Waters highlights research findings from the fields of neuroscience and genetics that can help to support strength-based parenting. 

What you’ll take away

  • An understanding of what strengths are and a clear way to identify them
  • An ability to know the difference between a core (true) strength, a growth strength, and a learned behavior
  • A variety of creative ways to support your child’s strengths
  • An effective technique for getting away from default tendencies to focus on the negative
  • A sense of how to deal with children’s weaknesses and other troubleshooting tips


Who Should Attend

Our chats are open to all interested parents, grandparents and anyone with children in their lives. Parents are encouraged to read the book (but certainly not required) and attend as many or as few chats as possible. 


Dates & TImes 

Participants are encouraged to read the book, but it's not required. Chats are designed to be convenient, casual and friendly - that means no pressure, no tests! And it's not necessary to attend the first book chat to benefit from the second and third sessions. 

When & Where: 

  • 8:30 a.m. on March 14 in the King Boardroom, 7336 Granby St., Norfolk
    • Discussions will include
      • Chapter 1: Standing for Strengths in a World Obsessed with Weakness (pages 3 -38)
      • Chapter 2: The Strengths Switch (pages 39-58)
      • Chapter 3: Understanding Strengths (pages 59-96)
  • 8:30 a.m. on March28 in the Lower School Admissions Suite, 5429 Tidewater Dr., Norfolk
    • Discussions will include
      • Chapter 4: The Ages and Stages of Strength Growth (pages 97-123)
      • Chapter 8: Communication (pages 225-247)
  • 8:30 a.m. on April 18 in the King Boardroom, 7336 Granby St., Norfolk
    • Discussions will include:
      • Chapter 9: Strength-Based Living in the Real World (pages 249-278)
      • Chapter 10: Strong Selves, Strong Families, Strong Communities, Strong World (pages 279-294)

Cost: FREE

RSVP: Registration is encouraged; however, walk-ins are welcome. Please RSVP below if you will be attending.  

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