Thursday, January 12

“If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything. While our society encourages us to be well-rounded, this approach inadvertently breeds mediocrity.”
— Tim Rath, author



Today’s Excerpt: Find Your Strengths (Surveys)

  • What are your strengths?

If your child is interested in additional resources to help them identify their strengths, consider one of these surveys:

Strengths finder survey from the Institute on Character

Why you might like this one: This free survey is research-based and delves into 24 character strengths that support development and thriving. Your child will get a 3-page strengths report that describes their character strengths. The website is comprehensive and offers a lot of education around character strengths.

But keep in mind: This survey is intended for ages 10 and up, but you might try it with ages 8 and up with parent support. There are quite a few questions to respond to and parents will have to fill out a short registration form first.

Multiple Intelligences test from

Why you might like this one: This free and brief test focuses on the different ways kids can be smart. The test is appropriate for younger children, but they may need help reading or responding to the questions.

But keep in mind: This is a low-tech option and you will need to print out the test and score it by hand. There is no debrief of the report that accompanies the results.