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Oct 20, 2021

We all have big dreams for our little people, and there are so many ways to define success: finding purpose in life and work, reaching goals (whatever those might be), surrounding yourself with loved ones, to name just a few. Psychologists have pointed to a variety of practices that can help our kids achieve these things. Spending time with your child is a major one; others include letting your child make decisions and prioritizing kindness.


Jessica Rolph welcomes Esther Wojcicki to today’s episode to talk about raising successful children, her area of expertise. Her daughters, Susan, Janet, and Anne, are some of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley. They are respectively, the CEO of YouTube, a professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Founder and CEO of the genetic testing company 23andMe. Esther, also known as the Godmother of Silicon Valley, is the author of How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results.


Key Takeaways:

[2:17] Did Esther set out to raise CEOs?

[3:24] Esther explains the acronym TRICK: Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness.

[5:19] What does trust look like in our modern-day society?

[8:00] Perhaps we shouldn’t be so worried all the time.

[8:50] Esther explains why allowing babies to self-soothe can be a demonstration of trust.

[12:02] How can parents of toddlers show respect? Just listen!

[14:15] Don’t do anything for your children that they can do for themselves.

[15:12] Esther speaks about collaboration in the home.

[17:30] The profound impact of kindness.


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