Is your child resilient?

Therapist & Author Robert Brooks, PhD, explains the characteristics of resilient child and how they are successful, and shares advice on how to teach resiliency to children
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Is your child resilient?

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A resilient child is a child who is really optimistic and hopeful. They really feel that when problems arise, they can solve them. One of the main characteristics of resilient kids is they view problems as things to solve, rather than be overwhelmed by. They are also kids who deal very effectively with mistakes. If mistakes happen, what they basically feel is, "I have the ability to deal with these mistakes." An important quality of resilient kids is -- and we often don't talk about it enough -- Resilient children feel that they can make a positive difference in the world. That's why I always tell parents is to let kids help kids. Give them an opportunity to let kids help other kids. What this does is, it says to the child, "Because I am on this Earth, this Earth is a better place." They are wonderful problem solvers. They are more hopeful and optimistic. They feel that they have the capacity to deal with adversity because there are significant adults in their lives who are there to support them and help them.

Therapist & Author Robert Brooks, PhD, explains the characteristics of resilient child and how they are successful, and shares advice on how to teach resiliency to children

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Robert Brooks, PhD

Therapist & Author

Dr. Robert Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.  He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about the themes of resilience, parenting, family relationships, school climate, and balancing our personal and professional lives. He is the author or co-author of 15 books and has also appeared in several videos pertaining to helping children to become more responsible, self-disciplined, hopeful, and resilient.

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