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Parents in the Know Podcast Episode 21 – Resilience
This is the 21st episode of my podcast for parents and families who want to be in the know about major parenting concerns and issues. Resilience is the topic under discussion today.
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Today on Parents in the Know we are going to explore the concept of resilience. You’ll hear this word frequently used by educators, parenting experts and coaches. It’s even in the corporate world. But what exactly is it? Why is it such a big deal, and how can we help ourselves and our kids get it? Resilience, today on Parents in the Know.
What is resilience? The definition of resilience from the Oxford Dictionary online is as follows:
- The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness
- The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
So if someone or something is resilient, they are able to weather difficulties, pitfalls, failures and disappointments without falling to pieces. Instead, they are able to bounce back and be their usual selves once more, taking the lesson on board for the future but not being broken by the experience.
Many people of all ages really struggle with this concept: the slightest upset of plans, potential failure or tiny disappointment can leave adults who lack resilience gloomy and even depressed. They tend not to try new things, because they fear failure. They come across as negative and pessimistic, because they can’t learn from mistakes and problems, and so potential problems and worst-case scenarios tend to become the focus of their thoughts. Children who are not resilient tend to collapse in a heap at the smallest setback. They can cry themselves sick when disappointed. They can rely heavily on routine and be unable to cope when it is broken. And they can quickly opt out and stop trying in all kinds of tasks and skills, because they cannot cope with the concept that they might fail.
Resilience affects so much of our lives that it is a skill well worth pursuing, for all of us.
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Next week on Parents in the Know, I’m going to introduce you to Julie-Anne England, founder and CEO of Small Steps Parenting. Find out about her parenting journey, her website and resources and the wonderful work on behalf of struggling parents that she and her followers do, next week on Parents in the Know.
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