From the Herald on Sunday, Sunday July 06, 2008
Resilience can, and should, be taught to children say co-authors and parents Tania Roxborogh and Kim Stephenson.
Building resilience is like adding to life's toolbox. Coping with the "inescapable challenges of life" are skills which will help children develop to their full potential, they say in their new book Kids Behaving Bravely: Raising a Resilient Child.
With six children between them, the women decided to write a book that would help other parents increase their children's resilience, the ability to "bounce back" from adversity using internal and external resources.
Persistence, adaptability, self-esteem and courage, goal setting, social and emotional literacy, empathy, optimism and humour are all part of internal resilience. External resilience includes being able to ask for what you need and get support, having positive relationships with adults and peers, and good role models.