Thursday, November 29, 2012

Six Gifts to Enhance a Child's Resilience

Dear Friends,

     Thank you very much to everyone who attended our GSB Developmental Coffee on "Six Gifts to Enhance a Child's Resilience."  We appreciated you taking the time to come and speak with us.  Our conversations are so important as we are continually learning from each other.  Below is some of the information we spoke about at our workshop.

Thank you so much for being with us!
Best wishes for a wonderful day!
Kimberly Borin

Playful Elements for Resilience
Photo by Kimberly Ann Borin, Copyright 2012
     In our discussion we explored an article called, "Six Gifts to Make Your Children Strong."  This article, written by Ruth Stafford Peale, was condensed from The Saturday Evening Post for Reader's Digest.  In the article they discuss six gifts that help children become more resilient in the world.  The six included:
Self- Confidence
Resilient Moments

Simple ideas for “bouncing back” included:
Enhance your child’s self-confidence…
Validate their strengths
Affirm their ability to learn something new and to strengthen new skills
Help them to make connections between skills they are learning now and those they can use later
Strengthen your child’s resilience in easy ways…
Affirm moments of strength and resilience (the ability to “bounce back”)
Ask them to note times when they have overcome a difficulty and were stronger because of it.
Ask them to help others undergoing a difficult time
Bring hope and positive thinking…
Life affirming words
Challenging a negative viewpoint – thinking positively and creatively
Help children feel calm and centered by using...
Awareness and mindfulness
Simple stretching and moving

Helpful Websites:
Goldfish Website:
Video on Resilience:
Dr. Robert Brooks:
Celebrate Life-Long Learning Blog Posts on Resilience:

Children’s Books On Resilience:
Owen and Mzee by Isabella and Craig Hatkoff with a discussion about resilience for the book at:
Looking for Miza, The True Story of the Mountain Gorilla Family Who Rescued One of Their Own, Told by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Nubs, The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery
Christian the Lion by Anthony (Ace) Bourke and John Rendall
Molly the Pony by Pam Kaster
Knut, How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World, Told by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Gerald R. Uhlich
Winter's Tail, How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again, Told by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, and Craig Hatkoff
Tiger Pups by Tom and Allie Harvey
Tarra & Bella, The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley
Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

-Christine Gorman, "The Importance of Resilience", Time, January 17, 2005.
-Karen Reivich, "What a Soldier Taught Me", from:, Retrieved on 11/14/2012.
-Kristin Bock, "The Think-Positive Plan", Family Fun Magazine, March 2010.
-National Public Radio Staff, "'Children Succeed' With Character, Not Test Scores", Morning Edition, September 4, 2012, from:, Retrieved on 11/27/2012.
-Paul Tough, How Children Succeed, excerpt from:, Retrieved on 11/27/2012.
-Ruth Stafford Peale, "Six Gifts to Make Your Children Strong", The Saturday Evening Post,  June/July 1974, Reprinted for Readers Digest.

“LIFE is not about how fast you run or how high you CLIMB but how well you BOUNCE.”
-A sign found in the Country House Calalog.