How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

What we like:

The book's goals - To summarize the research on grit -- what it is, why it matters, and how to grow grit from the outside in and the inside out. Intended Audience - The intended audience is a very general group spanning anyone who wants to learn about grit and foster grit in their own lives or the lives of their children, employees, students, etc. It's written in the typical "pop psych" format of a blend of research and easy to digest anecdotes, so it's understandable for a wide audience. There is a chapter on "parenting for grit" and other anecdotes and research about students and grit.

What could be better:

"There's a lot of research on parenting, and some research on grit, but no research yet on parenting and grit." Moreover, only a small segment of the book focuses on parenting/parenting for grit.

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Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control.

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