February 26, 2018

Use VIA Character Strengths to Increase Your Child’s Confidence | Your Weekly Juice Episode 32

Your Weekly Juice Episode 32

Raising Confident Children

In this week’s Weekly Juice, I interview Jillian Darwish, the President of the Mayerson Academy and the Lead Consultant for Educational Practice at the VIA Institute to talk about how to increase your child’s confidence.

The VIA Character Strengths is an online questionnaire (for ages 18+) that can be completed in about 15 minutes and it will give you your top five character strengths. There is also a youth version that can be taken by children ages 10-17.

Researchers have found that people who use their character strengths experience a higher level of self-esteem and self-efficacy which means that people feel good about themselves along with a sense of self-confidence and self-assuredness. In this video, Jillian shows us how you can shift your child’s focus from what’s wrong to what’s strong. This allows your child to focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses.

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  1. would have liked a wee bit more from this video – some examples of what they are doing not just what they are doing and the results.

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      Thank you so much for your feedback, Colleen. My Weekly Juices are intended to offer a quick tip in just 3 or 4 minutes so we don’t delve too deep into topics. The VIA Institute has some amazing resources for you to learn so much more about the VIA tool. Here is the link to the Institute: http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Resources and also a link to the latest research: http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Research/Research-Findings – Hope this is helpful!

  2. We refer to the VIA 24 character strengths in our “Raising Positive Resilient and Happy Kids!” parent workshop. Kate and I would echo the comment that we need to focus on strengths, not deficits, in order to build resilience and self-efficacy. Thanks for sharing this timely information.

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