Notes on Parenting

Insights for parenting babies, toddlers, teens, and young adults.

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Power of the Ordinary: Resilience in Child Development


Today, I just wanted to share a thought with you about resilience in child development and family life, and I would love to hear what you have to say about it.
"Resilience does not come from rare and special qualities, but from the everyday magic of ordinary, normative human resources in the minds, brains, and bodies of children, in their families and relationships, and in their communities."
Generally, children need the following 'ordinary' everyday systems in order to succeed:
1. Connections to competent and caring adults in the family
2. Cognitive and self-regulation skills
3. Positive views of self
4. Motivation

How do you feel that we can inspire these items in our children? 

What can we do as parents to foster resilience?

Image Citation: Filomena Scalise

Source:
  • Masten, A. S. (2001). Ordinary magic: Resilience processes in development. American Psychologist, 56, 227-238.

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