Wow! As I write this post our country is reeling from the aftershock of another school shooting. So many people are asking, Why? Unfortunately there are no simple answers. But rather than letting our shock slowly turn into apathy, I feel like there are some real things we can do, Right now. Right in our own homes.
We must take on the responsibility to raise strong, mentally competent children, who can become strong, independent adults..
Because, that is our job as parents, right?
Many parents feel that if they can steer their kids safely through childhood and the teen years, then they have done a good job. The problem with that - what I call the bubble wrap approach - is that kids enter adulthood without any skills to navigate life.
Jessica Lahey puts it this way in her book, The Gift of Failure: "Today's overprotective, failure-avoidant parenting style has undermined the comptence, independence and academic potential of an entire generation."
By giving children opportunities to build resilience, social skills, self-awareness, and self-competency, in the context of nurturing adult relationships, children can move towards healthy independence.
So how do we do this? Here are some simple and practical things you can do as a parent, caregiver or educator to help the children in your life thrive:
These are just a few ways that you can set the scene for your child to develop some important skills. Life for kids today is sort of like a pressure cooker - if we don't give them the ability to blow off a little steam, the results can be disasterous.
Hi! I'm Ann - mother of seven, grandmother of two and occupational therapist. My mission is to provide the support families need to raise thriving children and to help you build a family environment that supports healthy development and a pathway to success.
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