Esther Wojcicki on empowering children and students

Journalism educator and mother Esther Wojcicki speaks about her new book “How To Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results.”

She says that it’s “an anti-helicopter parenting book.”

More on the book here, from Quartz. Here’s an excerpt. And here’s another one.

The most powerful part is below:

We each have a story. We all have experienced trauma and, in many cases, tragedy. I resolved to do the best I could to not recreate my childhood, but I also understood that my children would face difficulties no matter what I did. It wasn’t my job to be perfect or make their lives perfect, but to do my own reflection and spare them any unnecessary suffering.

Our goal is not to create a stress-free and hardship-free environment for our children. The painful and difficult experiences are often how we grow. Our goal is not to take these challenges and the growth that results from them away from our children — the fatal flaw of helicopter parenting — but to help our children face these challenges and learn from them.
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Parenting is how culture gets transmitted to the next generation. It’s your chance to pass on your core principles and values and to use all of your wisdom and insight in order to improve someone else’s life. It’s also your chance to affect eternity. I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes about the art of teaching: “Teachers affect eternity; they can never tell where their influence stops.” The same is true for parenting. You never know how your parenting will impact future generations.
— Esther Wojcicki, from her book "How To Raise Successful People."