Published : Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 12:37 PM
Resilience is an important skill for any human – adult or child – to learn. But the earlier you learn these vital lessons, the better equipped you are to be able to deal with everything life throws at you.
Resilience is almost an art form. It allows us to bounce back to our usual selves when we experience failure and to push through any problems in life. Teaching this mindset to children will not only help them in school – where failure is a routine part of the day – but in life too.
Children may fail an exam or experience what it’s like to not get picked for a team they so desperately wanted to be in. Rather than going home and crying, it’s important that they learn to shrug these disappointments off and either try again or focus their attention elsewhere.
In order to teach children about resiliency, parents must learn to understand it themselves. By increasing your own confidence, your children will follow suit.
Of course, doing this is easier said than done. That’s why, on May 24, resilience expert Minh-Chau Do will be leading a workshop at Stratford School in Altadena. Entitled “Cultivating Resilience in Your Child”, Minh-Chau will be speaking to parents about how to encourage resilience in their children so that they can be more successful in their school and working lives.
A few of the things that she will be teaching include how to change your children’s mindset from a negative one into a positive one, how to teach your kids to build relationships with adults and their fellow students in order to foster a sense of community, and how a little spirituality can help build resilience. This video explains more about how resilience is built in children:
If you can’t attend the workshop, remember to teach your children that the likes of basketball player Michael Jordan, and bestselling author JK Rowling, were rejected multiple times in their careers. It was their resilience that kept them going and finally got them where they wanted to be.
You can also help by assigning them tasks at home and giving them a chance to show their competence. Teach them what is right and what is wrong and which path they should follow in life. Teach them to cope in difficult situations and show them that there is always a way forward.
Minh-Chau’s workshop will be held on May 24 at 9 a.m. at Stratford School Altadena. It’s well worth taking the time out of your day to learn how to make your children better and more successful people. There’s nothing more that a parent wants.
Stratford School Altadena is located at 2046 Allen Ave., in Altadena. For more information call (626) 794-1000 or visit https://www.stratfordschools.com/find-your-campus/altadena