Michele Borba PhD is an internationally-renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying and character development. Dr. Borba is also an author. Her latest book: Thrivers–The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine. 7 Teachable skills that set happy, healthy, high-performing kids apart. These are self-confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism. Dr. Borba provides a ‘superpower’ at the end of each chapter, illustrating what kids achieve by embracing these traits. Let kids figure some things out on their own–age appropriate. Curiosity in particular helps kids become out-of-the-box thinkers.