TIME（ウェブ版）にあった子育てに関する記事から英語表現を拾います。leverageはすでにブログで採り上げられている単語。そのときは「てこの作用；てこ装置」や「（目的達成のための）力、影響力」（『ジーニアス英和辞典 第３版』大修館）でしたが，今回は動詞でto spread or use resources (=money, skills, buildings etc that an organization has available), ideas etc again in several different ways or in different parts of a company, system etc（LDOCE）という意味で用いられています。
How to Be a Better Parent: 4 Secrets Backed by Research
Emphasize values over rules
“How to be a better parent” is discussed endlessly on the internet. But what we don’t see enough of is research-backed advice that can make your kids both more ethical and more successful.
And I don’t mean “gets good grades” successful. I mean kids who go on to make a name for themselves with breakthroughs that help improve the world for everyone…
1) Ask Kids, “What Would Harry Potter Do?”
As a parent, you want to be a good role model. But what Adam found was that while parents are important role models in terms of morals, they may not be the best when it comes to career if you want your kids to really soar. Here’s Adam:
…This strategy of leveraging a child’s favorite fictional character can even get kids to eat better. Brian Wansink of Cornell found that asking children, “What would Batman eat?” got kids to pick apple slices over french fries. Here’s Brian:
“We found we could get kids to choose the healthier food much more often if we simply asked what their favorite superhero or their favorite princess would do. Even if they responded “french fries”, half the time they took the apple slices. It simply causes an interruption in their thinking that causes them to pause, hit the reset button inside their head and think again.
Research shows that thinking about fictional characters you love can help you make better decisions. In fact, thinking about superheroes can even make you physically stronger.