This Santa cartoon and the stroller cartoon below are from my book, “The Enneagram of Parenting.”
The check-list below is helps you see if your child might have the Achiever personality. It comes from the back of my book for children, “Finding the Birthday Cake.”
While we usually think of Achievers as an extraverted personality, they can also be introverted. Introverted Achievers are likely to work hard behind the scenes and/or to excel at sports, music, writing or other activities that aren’t based on social skills.
Since Achievers naturally depend on praise from others, it’s helpful for parents and teachers to be aware of encouraging them to tune in to their own worlds of priorities, feelings, and thoughts. If you ask them to tell you their favorite color combinations in paintings or nature, for example, they will learn to place more importance on what they truly feel about things instead of taking many of their cues from other people.
“Finding the Birthday Cake” is for teaching the Enneagram to children from about 6 to 12 years old, though any age can enjoy it.
“The Enneagram of Parenting” is for parents and teachers, older children, and teenagers. It encourages acceptance and understanding of different types of children and suggests methods of dealing with different behavior and learning styles and helping parents and children of different types get along.