In a world that’s changing at warp speed, our kids will need to navigate a path to success without a roadmap – something entrepreneurs do every day. What if we looked to the world of entrepreneurship, in addition to child development experts, for insights on helping kids gain the skills they’ll need in order to prosper personally and professionally?
Raising Can-Do Kids is the first book to make a link between the essential qualities that make great entrepreneurs tick and what we know about how children learn and grow, offering parents proven ways to raise kids who embrace the uncertain, challenging adventure that is growing up in today’s (and tomorrow’s) changing world. Each chapter is devoted to a quality – including curiosity, inventiveness, optimism, opportunity-seeking, compassion, and service -- and reveals how parents can nurture these qualities.
Filled with engaging examples and actionable insights, Raising Can-Do Kids introduces a timely new paradigm for parents—one that will help “future-proof” our children and set them up for success on their own terms.
Rende, a developmental psychologist, and Prosek (Army of Entrepreneurs), CEO of public relations firm Prosek Partners, unite to provide useful strategies for parents hoping to steer their children toward successful careers. Rende and Prosek weave current research throughout and include interviews with various business people who look back on their childhoods for clues to their accomplishments (e.g., Joe Wetli, the "director of innovation" at Elmer's Glue; brothers John and Bert Jacobs, creators of the "Life is good" lifestyle brand). They use real-life examples to underscore their points; for instance, the Jacobs brothers recall their mother's eternal optimism. The book stresses the importance of play in early childhood and argues against the trend toward an early and intense focus on academics. It also explores the benefits of arts and crafts, risk-taking, learning from mistakes, and developing conversational competence, among other topics. In our swiftly changing world, the authors claim, "the old paradigms for parenting for success are becoming increasingly obsolete." Their book should help parents raise kids flexible and creative enough to grasp future opportunities in business and in life.