Resilient kids

I found this book from the library recently and it was really good! I borrowed it for 9 year old K to read, but she didn’t seem interested after the flipping through it, so I took it up instead.

I was firstly quite taken by the dedication page. It seems that the author’s sibling had cancer as a teenager. Thus, she must have witnessed his inspiring resilience from close quarters.

I liked the way the book characterised resilience, and its many helpful chapters on various aspects of how resilience can manifest itself.

It also has interesting case studies compiled from composite figures, that brings a good dose of reality into the theory. There are many practical suggestions for kids to use too.

I read this book, cover to cover in about 2 hours (mainly because it was due that day!) and found it a great resource. Highly recommended! The Call Number of the book is on the first photo above.

Personally, the work-based tests that I’ve taken through the years charted my resilience as on the high side.

I credit my parents with that, for they never molly-coddled me, dished out discipline whenever necessary, taught me life skills like taking the public bus on my own to school sometimes in P4, and allowed me to experience adventure in school trips and church camps of all sorts, instead of cosseting me in some perceived safe bubble, or disallowing me from growing strong wings, even if it took me far away from home at times.

I also learnt early on at work that I could take a tongue-lashing without being too traumatised, and could bounce back pretty quickly to try my best again. Through the years, when times got tough, I learnt that yielding like bamboo in gusty winds was the way to survive.

To always be as collegial as possible in relating to others, but to maintain a steely strong core, such that nothing would push me into the sphere of paralysing self-doubt. This sense of self-worth was also deeply founded upon by my faith in Christ.

May we help our kids develop resilience, such that they can stride through life purposefully, and not falter at the first signs of failure.

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