resilience

How to Raise a Resilient Child

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  The Positive Side to Challenging Situations What does your child do when faced with a challenging situation? Give Up Find an adult to fix the problem Attempt to solve the problem What is resilience?  It is the ability to recover from difficulties. What are the key factors in developing resilience?  Here’s what we know…

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Kids who develop resilience

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The Story Behind Kid President Five years ago, Kid President took the world by storm. Over a million views on just his first video. Why?  What made him so engaging? Well, he’s funny, energetic, loves to dance AND has a good message. He encourages teachers to look for the awesome in students and he encourages students to…

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How to raise responsible, self-reliant children

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Helping Kids Develop a Can Do Attitude I often hear teachers and parents alike lament that the students today have little intrinsic motivation and initiative. Certainly as a school counselor, I  often presented lessons on being responsible. When asked what it means to be responsible, children usually have a good idea. They would identify tasks like…

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how to teach kids not to give up

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Use Brain Science to Teach Kids Not to Give Up Brain science has dramatically changed how we think about the brain.  While much of the research has been applied to helping children learn better in an academic setting, growth mindset research has also taught us how to help children develop high self-esteem while at the…

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Resilience in Kids

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Four Tips for Developing Resilience in Kids It is a rare individual who does not encounter  disappointments and difficulties during their childhood years.  In my twenty years as a school counselor, I counseled children in coping with their parent’s divorce, the death of a beloved grandparent and rejection by peers.  While some children adjust to…

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