A couple of days ago, my little boy, Phoenix, came home from school with a piece of homework, which was to write a paragraph about what he had learned from his participation in a school project.
There were a couple of examples of what he should write – resilience was one of them.
Fantastic, I thought! This absolutely ties in with my research recently on what makes children successful.
So, I asked him : “Phoenix, what does resilience mean?”
“I don’t know,” came the answer.
So, rather than tell him the dictionary definition, which would probably go in one ear and out the other, I thought it best that I lead by example.
I found a lovely few words on ‘teaching your child resilience‘, which I thought might be interesting reading for all us parents and teachers out there.
Here’s a summary :
1. Listen with your heart;
2. See the world through your child’s eyes;
3. Accept [your]children for who they are;
4. Develop strengths;
5. Teach that mistakes are an opportunity to learn;
6. Promote responsibility by giving responsibility;
7. Teach your children to make their own decisions;
8. Discipline, but don’t denigrate.
This is just a rough guide but I think there’s some good stuff here ….. well worth checking out!