Being a parent is complicated – but the trick to succeed is simpler than you think.
There are no Nobel Prizes for parenting or education, but if there were, Esther Wojcicki would be the bookies’ favourite. Known as the Godmother of Silicon Valley – or simply Woj – Esther’s three daughters have all gone on to huge success in their professional fields and, more importantly, their personal lives. What’s her secret?
As we face an epidemic of parental and childhood anxiety, Woj has the advice every parent wants to hear: climb out of that helicopter and relax.
Her tried and tested TRICK system will help you:
· Let your child discover their own passions
· Move on from past parenting mistakes
· Build rock-solid foundations for a lifelong relationship
· Be brave enough to give your child freedom
· Work with your children, not against them
· Set healthy relationships with technology
Your children are the future. If you change your parenting, you can change the world.
'A brilliant book. It should be on the bookshelf of every parent.' FROST MAGAZINE
'Esther Wojcicki is leading a revolution . . . How to Raise Successful People shows us how to be our best so our children can be their best.' ARIANA HUFFINGTON
Wojcicki (coauthor of Moonshots in Education) reveals, in this accessible, entertaining book, what she's learned about raising high-achieving kids over decades of teaching journalism at Palo Alto High School. Based on ample exposure to families defined by high achievement, stress, and helicopter parenting (and also her own experiences as a mother), Wojcicki believes that if there's a secret to raising self-motivated, empowered kids, it's embodied in the following values: trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness. Striking a conversational but thoughtful tone, she urges parents to reflect on their own childhoods in order to realize that "sometimes a child has a different dream, a different path to follow" than their parents. Wojcicki dismisses Amy Chua's micromanaging "Tiger Mom" method in favor of freedom within limits, and even accepting that "when kids start to take control, a little chaos ensues." Learning through failure, she believes, is part of developing a sense of "mastery." Just as strongly, she calls on parents to model kindness in their own lives, since, from infancy onward, children are "adults in training," closely observing their parents for behavioral cues. Wojcicki's values are hard to argue against, and she makes a strong case for them in her highly readable, idea-packed work.