World renowned Positive psychology expert and one of Australia's Top 100 Women of Influence, Professor Lea Waters, is delighted to announce the launch of her latest book The Strength Switch. Unlock your children’s potential by helping them build their strengthsThis 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 throw the ‘strength switch’, Lea Waters 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.

​As a strengths-based scientist for more than twenty years, Lea Waters has seen how this approach enhances self-esteem and energy in both children and teenagers. Yet more on the plus side: parents find it a particularly exciting and rewarding way to raise children. With many suggestions for specific ways to interact with your kids, Lea Waters demonstrates how to discover strengths and talents in our children, how to use positive emotions as a resource, how to build strong brains and even how to deal with problem behaviours and talk about difficult situations and emotions. The Strength Switch will show parents how a small shift can yield enormous results.

VIC        Wednesday, 7 June: Caulfield Grammar School, Melbourne
WA         Saturday, 10 June: Presbyterian Ladies College, Perth
QLD       Wednesday, 14 June: Varsity College, Gold Coast
NSW      Thursday, 22 June: Ravenswood School for Girls, Sydney
SA          Friday, 26 June: St Peter’s College, Adelaide