A few weeks ago my daughter and I traveled together to Kenya. Hannah is 12 years old, and this was her first significant international trip (she’d been to Mexico a few times). It was so fun how seriously she took her preparation for the trip and the maturity she displayed in Africa.
There is a difference between leading and controlling your child. Leading is usually about a healthy process while controlling is focused on selfish outcomes. If you want your kid to develop resilience, you have to teach him how to make his own decisions.
If you have read our previous articles, you might have noticed that we have tried to make the connection for increased capacity for resilience in kids to relational and physical health. We believe that health in these two areas is important factors for building resilience in kids.
There is a fascinating word in the Bible. In Greek, the word is “makrothumia.” It is rendered, “longsuffering.” The history of this word is fascinating. In its original form, it meant
Resilience is the ability to thrive through hardship, learn the life lessons needed, and grow as a person. The challenges that kids face today often require resilience. And the problems of adulthood also welcome a kind of resilience that can begin to be formed in the childhood years.
Forming resilience in children is needed both for the present and genuine challenges that kids face, like bullying and peer pressure; and to develop a capacity for the challenges that will come in adulthood.
One of my primary goals as a father is to help our kids develop the capacity to navigate adversity, stress, and hardship as they grow in life.