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1 Raising Authentically Successful Children: Resilience in Action Ken Ginsburg MD, MS Ed The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

2 What should childhood look like?

3 And... who is childhood for???

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5 How do we define success?

6 Do we have to make a choice between success and happiness?

7 Resilience The Ability To Overcome Adversity The Capacity to Bounce Back

8 Resilience is a Mindset

9 Resilience is Uneven

10 Resilience is NOT Invulnerability

11 Resilience is NOT a character trait. It is affected by supports and circumstances!!!

12 The Bottom Line Young People will be more resilient if the important adults in their lives believe in them unconditionally and hold them to high expectations Young People live up or down to the expectations we set for them

13 The 7 C’s of Resilience Confidence Competence Connection Character Contribution Coping Control

14 The importance of Connection can not be overstated... Family School Community... and sometimes, the health clinician

15 Connection 101:

16 Why does it feel like our connection is challenged during adolescence?

17 Listening

18 Connection 101 (cont’d): Perfectionism Prevention

19 What is perfectionism? And... why isn’t it a good thing?

20 Self Loathing Fear of the B+ Fear of the “D” Word No Out-of-the-Box Thought The death of creativity Resents Constructive Feedback

21 The Lies You Don’t Want to Buy Into The SAT’s will pave the way... You have to be good at everything... Just put it off...

22 “Just try your best”  Victims of a toxic society  What do we praise... or notice?  Desire to spare us  Fear of becoming the target of anger

23 Learning to Build a High Achiever Letting young people make their own mistakes Praising the process of trying, rather than just the results And not over-praising...this is not self esteem!

24 Not all perfectionists are perfect

25 Competence and Confidence

26 Finding Competence Building Confidence

27 Talking in a way young people understand Recognizing the cognitive development of adolescence No more lectures!!!!!! Learning Not to Undermine Competence

28 Building Competence Social Skills

29 Control

30 The World Happens to Me or I control my Destiny

31 How Much Control?

32 Effective Monitoring

33 Routine Interaction Parent repeats command Ongoing positive attention prevents entering the cycle Child agrees? Punishment that is worse than the crime Discipline Cycle Child agrees? no Cycle repeats 1 to 3 times no yes Nagging relationship Hostile relationship Diminished parental supervision Parent makes command Parent threatens Parent at crisis point Parent gives up Critical point Cycle repeats 3 to 7 times no Adapted from Barkley RA. Hyperactive Children: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment. New York, NY: Guilford Press; 1981.

34 Contract 1. I want a curfew of 10 pm on weeknights and 11:30 on weekends We need to know where you are, whom you’re with, and what you’ll be doing We need to know where you are going, who you will be with, when you will be home You need to finish all of your homework before you go out You need to get enough sleep You need to be able to wake up in time for school You need to keep up your grades You must always follow the check in rule We have to agree on a code word 2.I want to be able to drive the car when mom doesn’t need it You can’t drive any friends for 6 months You must Always wear a seat belt You will never use a cell phone or text while driving We need to sign a Students Against Destructive Decisions Contract for life Mom _X_____ Dad _X_____ Bill_X_____ Contract 1.I want a curfew of 10 pm on weeknights and 11:30 on weekends 2.I want to be able to drive the car when mom doesn’t need it

35 Resilience Is about learning to cope, in a positive way with life’s inevitable stressors We might do our greatest good by raising youth with a wide repertoire of positive coping strategies

36 You Feel Awful!!! Positive Coping Strategies Stress Discomfort Negative Coping Strategies Relief You Feel Awful!!! Discomfort You Feel Awful!!! Discomfort Relief

37 You Feel Awful!!! Positive Coping Strategies Stress Discomfort Negative Coping Strategies Relief You Feel Awful!!! Discomfort You Feel Awful!!! Discomfort Relief

38 Coping Engagement vs. Disengagement Emotion Focused vs. Problem Focused

39 A Stress Management Plan for Teens (It Might Just Work for you) Shhhhh... It is a Great Way to Build a College Resume

40 Stress Management : Tackling The Problem 1)Making the problem manageable 2)Active Avoidance 3)Let Some things go

41 Serenity Prayer Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference

42 Stress Management : Taking Care of My Body 4)Exercise oFear oAnger

43 Stress Management : Taking Care of My Body 5)Relaxation 6)Nutrition

44 Stress Management : Taking Care of My Body 7) Sleep oStimulation oCool Down Exercise Shower oRelease emotion

45 Stress Management : Managing Emotions 8)Instant Vacations 9)Releasing Emotions

46 The Worst thing is not to be stressed... it is to be NUMB

47 Stress Management Plan : Making the World Better 10) Contributing to the world

48 When Resilience Reaches Its Limits Physical symptoms Fatigue Disinterest Dropping grades Sad mood Irritability/anger Substance use

49 When Your Tolerance Reaches Its Limits Falling Back In Love Catching Your Kid Being Good Holding to the Highest Expectation Honoring Your Spouse/Partner

50 The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Child

51 FosteringResilience.com


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