During the pandemic, you have probably been feeling more of life's downs and less of the ups. The same holds true for children, but parents can teach their kids the tools and skills needed to handle these challenges.
We are joined by parenting expert Donna Tetreault and educational psychologist Dr. Michele Borba to share how to better equip your little one to survive and thrive in face of obstacles.
Donna explains the approach of "helicopter parenting" has caused kids to be unable able to manage their emotions and lives and she urges parents to give them better tools of resilience. Dr. Borba worries about this generation's feelings of loneliness and stress, and says, "A thriver is made, not born," and in order to thrive a child needs to learn a combination of skills.
The educational psychologist explains there are key character strengths seen in the most resilient kids and some of them include:
Self-control - She tells parents to try and identify stress signs before their child goes into meltdown as a way to help the child self-manage the stress.
Optimism - "Don't let pessimism be pervasive and permanent," she says, suggesting that parents always try to elevate a child's optimism and help remind them of positive aspects of their life.
Empathy - She says to deal with stress and feeling lonely, give your kids the permission to always share their feelings and emotions, no matter what they are.
Dr. Borba also encourages families to create a "giving box," that children can fill with toys and belongings they no longer need and then donate. "Thrivers think we, not me... and giving, not getting," she tells The Doctors, noting that the act of giving back can reduce stress levels.
Get more tips on helping your child succeed in "Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shin."
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