Nurturing Resilience in Children

Mon. 03/02/2020

Social media. Bullying. Peer pressure. Academic stress. Self-confidence. Today’s children face pressure from every direction. Key to growing up successfully is learning to manage these pressures. Resilience, the personal attributes that help children manage everything from little disappointments to big life traumas, can potentially be nurtured in all children and teens. What if we, as parents and educators, could instill a resilient mindset similar to successful individuals like J. K. Rowling, Thomas Edison, or Michael Jordan in our children?

  • J. K. Rowling took seven years to write the story of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and was rejected by all twelve major publishing houses.
  • Thomas Edison, when once asked how it felt to fail so many times, stated, “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work.”
  • Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

What is Resilience? Resilience is not just about bouncing back in the face of a big challenge or major life event. It is also the ability to cope with, and overcome, life’s everyday pressures and difficulties. It’s using these daily setbacks to explore new and better approaches, learning from challenges, and developing the strengths and skills to be better prepared for future challenges.

Resilience is not a you’re-born-with-it-or-you’re-not trait that’s passed from one generation to the next; rather, extensive research suggests that resilience can be developed in an individual. Resilience involves important attributes like self-discipline, effective problem solving, and caring motivation. Resilience can be taught to children (and adults) including those who suffer from low self-confidence or an inability to bounce back after disappointment. If your child or student exhibits an “I can’t do this” attitude it is with the support and guidance from a “charismatic adult” that they can develop a more positive and resilient mindset. Teachers, parents, and other caregivers who possess the knowledge and mindset to foster resilience in children are guided by a blueprint of important principles, ideas and actions.

The Summit School Welcomes Dr. Robert Brooks, author and national speaker, as he presents a blueprint for developing and reinforcing a resilient mindset. Dr. Brooks’ presentation, The Power of Mindset: Nurturing Motivation, Hope and Resilience in Children will be held:

  • Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:00am-3:30pm
  • The Summit School, 664 Central Avenue East, Edgewater MD 21037

For registration information, click here.

Dr. Robert Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He has 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 17 books and has also appeared in several videos pertaining to helping children to become more responsible, self-disciplined, hopeful, and resilient. To learn more about Dr Brooks, click here.

Additional Resources

Parents and educators can learn the role they can play in supporting a child as a “charismatic adult”, click to view video.

Information about Resilience, Motivation and Family Relationships from Dr. Brooks’ website.

Articles by Dr. Brooks:

  • “The Power of the Relationship and Theories of Mindset” (Brooks, 2016), click to read article.
  • “Resilience: The Common Underlying Factor” (Brooks 2015), click to read article.
  • From the American Institute on Stress, “Building Resistance in Kids” (Brooks, 2017). This link includes the article, select videos on building resistance in children and a brief quiz that evaluates the extent to which your words and action are reinforcing a resilient mindset.

We hope that you can join us at The Summit School Symposium, The Power of Mindset: Nurturing Motivation, Hope and Resilience in Children and hear, first hand, from Dr. Brooks about developing resilience in our children.

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About The Summit School – The Summit School was founded to serve children, grades 1-8, with dyslexia and other learning differences. The Summit School has an incredible record of helping children become successful learners. The core of Summit’s program incorporates: highly trained teachers, evidence-based instruction, hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments and small class sizes. For more information about The Summit School and the resources offered through the Summit Resource Center please visit www.thesummitschool.org.


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