Like all parents, Chanita wants to make sure her children are growing up able to withstand and recover quickly from difficult conditions and situations, and The Doctors welcome parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa to share tips with her and any parent wanting to make sure their kids leave the home feeling resilient.
Chanita asks, "How can I remain involved in their lives, but ensure that I'm building resilience?" The mom has 3 kids ranging from 5 to 14 years old and says her biggest fear is her children's safety.
Dr. Gilboa says resilience is built in small and big moments throughout a child's life. She also notes that while a child dealing with stress might be concerning to parents, it is actually a great opportunity for kids to build up their ability to overcome and deal with a difficult situation and then bounce back.
The parenting expert also explains kids who lack resilience skills can then have issues adjusting to college life and their careers.
So how should Chanita protect her kids while also preparing them for the world? Dr. Gilboa suggests not shying away from hard topics and says helping kids develop autonomy is about providing them choices within limits, not about giving them total freedom. She says letting kids live with the consequences of their actions is the best educational tool parents can give to their kids.
Get more tips from Dr. Gilboa from her book "Teach Resilience: Raising Kids Who Can Launch."
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