Resilience, by definition, is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. It is grit. It is tenacity. It is the ability to overcome hard things.
If we want to raise kids who are prepared to thrive in the real world, resilience is mandatory. Without it, the difficulties of life may cause our children to crumble, give up, or remain dependant upon us or others to make life feel manageable.
But how do we, as parents, help our kids develop grit? In this episode, we tackle that question with real-life stories and practical suggestions.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- How Steve Young, one of the most respected and successful quarterbacks of all time, overcame huge setbacks and personal challenges to earn his success
- What Steve’s parents did to help him develop grit, and why he wishes everyone could experience good parenting
- The difference between authoritarian and authoritative parenting, and why the latter is vital to raising resilient kids
- Why the lack of resilience is one of the most common causes of emotional problems among Latter-day Saint missionaries
- The difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, and why we should help our kids develop the latter
- What to do when your kids want to quit
- Why parental example is a major factor in how kids respond to difficulty
- Why manufacturing challenges for your kids is sometimes a good idea
RESOURCES WE DISCUSS:
- Angela Duckworth’s book: Grit – The Power of Passion and Perseverance
- Angela Duckworth’s TED talk
- Lyle J. Burrup: Raising Resilient Children
- Carol Dweck – Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:
- For young children: Ask them to put together a puzzle that will stretch their ability.
- For older kids/teens: Ask your kids to write down or discuss with you what they are learning about themselves as they navigate the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.
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