Lea's Book

The Strength Switch

How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish

Unlock your children’s potential by helping them build their strengths.
This game-changing book shows us the extraordinary results of focusing on our children’s strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses. Most parents struggle with this shift because they suffer from a negativity bias, thanks to evolutionary development, giving them “strengths-blindness.” By showing us how to flick the Strength Switch Lea demonstrates how we can not only help our children build resilience, optimism, and achievement but we can also help inoculate them against today’s pandemic of depression and anxiety. (Penguin Random House, July 2017)

The Strength Switch was named one of the top reads for 2017 by Greater Good Magazine, was the top new release in the parenting category on Amazon, and was named one of the top five best books on happiness for children by Five Books. It has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese, Hungarian, Arabic, Russian, Spanish and French.

What Others Are Saying About The Strength Switch...

As parents, we often obsess about fixing our children’s weaknesses and neglect the importance of developing their strengths.  This book is full of concrete ideas on how to change that."

— Adam Grant, PhD, New York Times
New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

 The Strength Switch gives parents hope that they can build their children’s creativity. By sharing parts
of her own story of overcoming hardship, and presenting the latest science of positive psychology, 
Dr. Waters not only inspires parents to bring out the best in their children, but she inspires us all to
be the best version of ourselves. A wise and warm book!” 

— Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, co-author of Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Practical tips for parents from the wise and wonderful Lea Waters! So many parents, including me, struggle to translate scientific research into real-world strategies. This terrific book not only helps us understand ourselves and our children better but also makes that understanding actionable!

— Angela Duckworth, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Grit

Waters comes off as a thoughtful parenting realist...supporting her ideas with a mix of parental
anecdotes and pointers to psychological research.

— Publishers Weekly