Welcome to this series on fostering resilience in children—the role of the family. In this series, you will have a chance to understand how a compassionate family community can help children manage stress by strengthening their stress-recovery-system.
Everyone has stress. Some people have a lot of stress. The size of the stress is not the concern. The concern is with a lack of recovery from stress episodes. Just a persistent worry, for example, can activate a stress response, and that can come way before the stressor even occurs. The most important thing, then, is to focus on how often and how quickly we can recover from a stress response. That’s what resilience is all about, getting the body to reset itself after a stress response and helping it stay longer in a settled state.
Part One: The Nature of Resilience
Part Two: The Family as a Compassionate Community
Part Three: Attunement and Empathic Listening
Part Four: Gratitude, Appreciation, and Positive Actions
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