What Kids Need to Succeed

Proven Practical Ways to Raise Good Kids, 3rd Edition

Based on a nationwide study, the book presents 40 assets children can achieve, with over 900 ideas for building upon them in your own community.

258 pages. ©2012.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted February 21, 2018


I really like that this book has specific action items that are grounded in research. The way the book is organized makes sense, especially the way they break down the internal assets. It looks like a small/short book but when you look closer at the table of contents there's quite a bit that's covered.


Review posted August 23, 2017


Quick easy read.


Review posted March 23, 2017


Practical but do-able strategies to help support kids in reaching their own success!


Review posted January 9, 2017


I thought this book had some great insight for helping kids succeed. Some of the ideas are tried and true. With 5 successful kids of my own I know that many of these ideas were some of the same approaches I used. However many of the ideas were fresh and new. I would recommend this book to parents and teachers.


Review posted January 4, 2017


Great tips for kids! Very practical.


Review posted December 22, 2016


A helpful little book. Compact, and easy-to-read. Especially helpful in preparing for the monthly support group for Grandparents raising Grandchildren that I facilitate.


Review posted November 6, 2016


This was a great book to reference during parent presentations on how they can help their kids be successful. It has also been helpful in finding new ways to build our school culture.

Mr. Bizjak

Review posted May 13, 2016


This book was awesome! I highly recommend!

Marji Cagley

Review posted May 4, 2016


I really enjoyed this book. It gave me many ideas to practice while working with students in a school. It also gave me ideas that might help me encourage parents to become more actively involved in their students lives. I really liked the section on positive values. I think positive values can certainly have an influence on a persons life, especially if students learn how positive values early on.


Review posted April 11, 2016


"Based on 20 years of research with 3 million young people across the United States" "Success" and raising "Good Kids" can be pretty vague statements but this book lays out some tips and suggestions worth considering.


Review posted March 21, 2016


Good book some new ideas for me as a parent.

Suz Ybarra

Review posted February 10, 2016


This was an easy read for several reasons. First, the main points are that it doesn't take money to raise good, successful kids. It takes caring adults. Second, the book is a compilation, for the most part, of lists. Macro list of assets. Micro lists of things to do in the home, school, community, and faith community. GOOD book.


Review posted January 7, 2016


Great book goes along well with the poster available online that you can post, for different age groups as well.


Review posted December 14, 2015


I enjoyed the practical tips this book provided. Included are forty assets (e.g., family support,positive peer influence, equality and social justice) that kids need to be successful in addition to a checklist for both parents and children that help to identify areas may be lacking in a child's life. Additionally for each asset, authors provide an extensive suggestions on how these assets can be strengthened at home, at school, in the community, and in the faith community, which I found to be the most valuable aspect of the book.


Review posted November 25, 2015


Not exactly hat I was expecting, but did provide good information on youth development. I had learned some of this years ago; I nice reminder of the 40 Assets.


Review posted September 2, 2015


As a Prevention Coordinator in a rural community, this book has offered me many ideas to assist me in the development of making a prevention plan and to build a healthier community. As a parent of a teenager this book has given me strategies and things to keep in mind when parenting my teen. I recommend this book to other Prevention Coordinators and anyone interested in positive youth development.

Robin Reiser

Review posted August 11, 2015


I found this book to be very helpful. It can be used like a "reference" book, to look up information as questions come to mind. The kids also like the questions to see if we agree on certain issues about what we need to work on.

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Review posted March 1, 2015


This is an extremely informative and easy to read book. I liked how the assets were divided into groups and how they can be productively involved; home, school, in the community. I also appreciated the Asset Building in Action, suggestions of how to make life easier for everyone in the community. A resource I will use for years to come.