Posts tagged resilience
MISCONCEPTIONS SURROUNDING THE TERM 'RESILIENCE'

Resilience is a hot topic – at Resilience in Kids we focus on resilience in primary school aged children, but you don’t have to look far for articles and initiatives that talk to resilient teens, schools, organisations, cities, countries. Sydney even has its own Chief Resilience Officer.

Despite all of this, a shared understanding of what resilience is, and isn’t, is lacking and there are misconceptions surrounding the term.

What are some of these?

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HELPING YOUR CHILD FEEL SCHOOL READY

The long summer holidays are almost over and for most kids next week represents the start of a new school year. Some will be starting school for the first time, others will be starting in new schools and others will be staying at the same school but joining new classes.

Many kids are excited to be starting back at school, but for others this can be a difficult time – one that brings plenty of opportunity to flex that all important resilience muscle. This can be a difficult time for parents too, one that brings mixed feelings.

So what can we, as parents, do over the next few days to help our children feel ‘school ready’ and to help strengthen their resilience muscle?

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TEACHING OUR KIDS ABOUT BULLYING

I spend a lot of time talking to parents and children, and to the professionals who work with them, and one thing is clear – bullying is a real issue for many kids. This is not new. But there is much greater awareness these days in the community of bullying and the harm it can do.

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SELF-CARE AND SELF-COMPASSION

The lead up to Christmas and the long school holidays can be stressful for parents. I speak to many parents daily, both in a personal and a professional capacity, and many of them are doing it tough, commenting that they are snapping more at their kids or loved ones, are struggling to sleep, feel ongoing low levels of anxiety or worse.

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WHAT PARENTS SHOULD MAKE OF PARENTING STYLES

Parents don’t have to look far in the media for articles about different parenting styles and their effects on children’s development – ‘helicopter’ and ‘lawnmower’ parenting styles appear to be the styles du jour, but dig deeper and you’ll find references to attachment, tiger, permissive, authoritarian styles and more. As parents, what are we supposed to make of all of this?

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