How to Raise Successful People – Book Review

By: Esther Wojcicki

My Rating- 5/5 Stars — Genre: Parenting, Education, Self Help — N. of Pages: 336

As a new mother, I felt very overwhelmed with the number of books about being a mother or parenting. I also didn’t have much interest in reading those books. I thought that I had a good idea of how I wanted to raise my soon to be baby and any other children I would have. Then one day, I stumbled upon an article written about a woman named Esther Wojcicki, and I was intrigued to learn more about her and her parenting tips. When I heard she was writing a book, I signed up instantly to buy it (and like I said, I don’t read books about parents or being a mom!). I am so glad I made the choice to give this book a chance because it was an incredible book!

This is the first non-fiction book I have ever read that I couldn’t put down. I wanted to continue reading and learning from this incredible woman. I think this book is one of the most important books for parents to read. I have vowed to myself to read it once a year, to refresh myself on her great ideas continually.

She begins the book by asking you, the reader, to reflect on your childhood. Whether your childhood was good or bad doesn’t matter but, being aware of the family culture that influenced your childhood is essential to understanding the parent you are aiming to be. She asks you to stop and answer her quiz to be more aware of how your parents raised you. I found this extremely interesting. It was interesting dissecting the good and bad of my childhood and understanding what I wanted to bring to my children and what I didn’t.

After the childhood exploration portion, she dives into her main parenting focus, which is TRICK. TRICK stands for – Trust, Responsibility, Independence, Collaboration and Kindness. She spends numerous chapters on each concept expressing its importance for children. This is what she stems her entire philosophy of parenting. She believes that these five pillars are the most important things to teach your children from a very young age. With this, your children will grow up to be successful adults, whatever path they choose in life.

Each chapter includes scientific research on the benefits of the specific pillar and how she instilled it in her home and how parents can do this in their home. She also expresses how many MANY mistakes will be made along the way because HEY were all learning, and we’re human and make mistakes. She reminds the reader of that often that she too made many mistakes, but luckily our children forgive us!

She ends her book with an emphasis on the importance of empathy and giving back to your community. She expresses how important it is to teach your kids this by taking part in community service by bringing them along to fundraisers by showing them to fight for what’s right. Teaching young kids this lesson is essential for how they grow into adults and treat other people around them. It was a very moving chapter.

This book is excellent!

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