What’s the problem?
Current parenting practices, combined with other 21st century problems, are contributing to us all raising a generation of kids who aren’t learning how to cope with life’s challenges.
Parents and educators need to understand that not providing kids the opportunity to develop resilience as they age, can lead to an increase, for some kids in levels of stress, anxiety and even depression.
We must recognize that many Gen Z kids, through no fault of their own, aren't’ growing up with the understanding that they CAN cope with adversity, persevere without giving up, and in the process know, that they have the tools to empower them to succeed and thrive.
What can we do about it?
Parents need to educate themselves and learn how, by making small changes in their parenting practices, they can promote resiliency in their kids and teach them that they are capable of facing adversity and solving their own problems.
Schools need to provide opportunities for parents to learn how to help themselves help their kids grow up to be strong, resilient adults.
Schools need to allow the opportunity for educators to learn methods and techniques they can use in the classroom to promote and support resiliency without taking away from content learning.
There are multiple ways for parents to learn about The Resiliency Puzzle:
Read the book
Host a book club discussion (click here to inquire about booking Julie to moderate your discussion group)
Watch educational session videos (these will be online shortly - check back soon!)
Host a single session overview workshop for parents (this provides attendees with an overview of the philosophy as well as practical tips but doesn’t delve into each piece of the puzzle that attendees to the full workshop series get)
Host our parent education workshop (see information below):
The full parent education piece of The Resiliency Puzzle is a 5-part series, each session, being about an hour long, including time for Q&A. Each session builds on the previous one and offers parents concrete suggestions, resources and tools to help them better raise their children to grow up mentally and emotionally secure, knowing that they have the ability to cope with adversity, persevere when the going gets tough, and feel confident that they have a toolbox of skills they can pull from to tackle obstacles that come their way.
Below are some of the questions addressed in each session:
Session 1: The Resiliency Puzzle: What is it?
What’s the problem? What does it mean to be resilient? What is The Resiliency Puzzle and how can it help parents? How can parents EMPOWER their kids to increase resiliency? How can parenting practices help and hinder resiliency?
Session 2: Relationships
What attributes define strong relationships and how can parents model and support those attributes? What should a child’s support network look like and how can you help your child develop one? How do 21st century peer relationships differ from those in previous generations? How can you maintain realistic expectations for your child’s relationships while be supportive but not being over-involved?
Session 3: Emotional Skills
How effective are various communication styles? Why do parents need to listen more and talk less? What is the language of emotions and how can parents teach it to their kids? How can parents teach their kids to manage their emotional responses?
Session 4: Competence
How can parents adversely affect their child’s ability to understand what competence feels like? How can parents increase resiliency by allowing children to develop age-appropriate skills? How have parental tendencies to “helicopter” adversely affected levels of resiliency? What role has technology played in usurping opportunities for kids to develop resiliency?
Session 5: Optimism
Why is a growth mindset preferable to a fixed mindset when it comes to resiliency development? Why does the experience of adversity lead to success? How does “not sweating the small stuff” lead to increased optimism and resiliency?
Educator Professional Development
The Resiliency Puzzle educator professional development sessions can be done as part of a larger professional development day or can be a day in and of itself if specialized training sessions are requested
The program will focus on simple tweaks classroom teachers can make to EMPOWER students on their path to resilience.
Sessions can be personalized and depending on your needs and time can go from about an hour to a full day. Teachers will leave with practical tools and tips that are age-appropriate (toddler/preschool, elementary school or middle/high school) and easy to implement into an existing classroom without taking away content time.