The Godmother of Silicon Valley, legendary teacher, and mother of a Super Family shares her tried-and-tested methods for raising happy, healthy, successful children using Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness: TRICK.
Esther Wojcicki—“Woj” to her many friends and admirers—is famous for three things: teaching a high school class that has changed the lives of thousands of kids, inspiring Silicon Valley legends like Steve Jobs, and raising three daughters who have each become famously successful. What do these three accomplishments have in common? They’re the result of TRICK, Woj’s secret to raising successful people: Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness. Simple lessons, but the results are radical.
Wojcicki’s methods are the opposite of helicopter parenting. As we face an epidemic of parental anxiety, Woj is here to say: relax. Talk to infants as if they are adults. Allow teenagers to pick projects that relate to the real world and their own passions, and let them figure out how to complete them. Above all, let your child lead. How to Raise Successful People offers essential lessons for raising, educating, and managing people to their highest potential. Change your parenting, change the world.
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.
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Great Advise for ALL parents!
Great book for ALL parents. Gives great advise and examples on “how to” in some cases. Written from a daughters, mother, teacher and mentors point of view, its relatable and the suggestions that seems like common sense, we notice we don’t follow and should.