If you are a parent or plan to be, read this book. You'll learn what you can do—and there is a lot you can do—to help your child succeed in the fullest sense of the word. Beautifully written, impeccably crafted. I loved it .
—Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
The Formula is for all parents who want to be powerful advocates and strategic partners for their kids. Refreshingly practical, it unpacks what parents of high-achieving adults did to help their children be successful and happy.
—Dr. Bridget Terry Long, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education
With over 40 years of education experience, I have learned that a child’s success isn’t solely dependent on grades or standardized tests. Success starts first and foremost at home, with parents that support an intrinsic motivation for their children to reach their fullest potential. However, just as children have different learning styles, parents, as well, have different parenting styles. The Formula masterfully combines the latest research with compelling, real-life stories and introduces us to different parenting styles and provides a formula for teaching, motivating, and empowering successful children.
—John D. Couch, Apple’s first VP of Education and coauthor of Rewiring Education
The Formula pursues an important question that social scientists, preoccupied with explaining the problematic outcomes of childhood, seldom address: the role parents play in developing children—regardless of their race, class, or national origin—who become extraordinarily successful in life. Ferguson and Robertson’s compelling analysis of data collected on the life stories of interesting people who change the world is a must-read.
—William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University
I have known from the very beginning of my career that parenting really matters. In many ways it’s the most important asset a child has in reaching his or her full potential. I am convinced that it is the major contributor to the academic and social differences between poor and middle-class children. Knowing that and understanding why and what we should do about it has remained a difficult challenge. Now we have the answers in The Formula. This book is the most thoughtful, analytical, and comprehensive study to date on parenting. It is a must read for all parents and those of us who care about closing the achievement gap for poor children. It is a well written, thoroughly researched, interesting and compelling. It is a must read!
—Geoffrey Canada, founder and president of Harlem Children's Zone
This highly engaging and important book reveals the vital roles parents can play in supporting a growth mindset. The Formula's fascinating real-world case studies provide much-needed guidelines for developing fully-realized human beings.
--Carol Dweck, Lewis & Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University and best selling author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success