When you’re a parent, you constantly wonder if you’re teaching your children to be independent; to be resilient. Have you given them enough room to grow on their own? Are they always looking to you for the decision to be made, or do they just ask your opinion and create their own resolution? When harder times prevail do they crumble or do they find it within themselves to bravely move forward? So many questions and worries we parents have!
I was skimming through the internet yesterday and came across an article entitled “10 Tips to Raising Resilient Kids (From a Former Navy Seal)” by Calvin Hennick. Since I, of course, love anything having to do with Navy Seals, I had to click on the link and have a quick read. Taken from Eric Greiten’s new book, these tips are spot-on to me. In short form, here they are:
- Be a role model
- Make yourself useful
- Practice gratitude
- Teach responsibility
- Don’t help kids (too much)
- Let kids experience consequences
- Allow for failure
- Encourage risk taking
- Exercise authority
- Love your kids
Each one of these guidelines helps to instill a sense of independence in your child. While always letting your child know that you love and support them is imperative, setting them up to have confidence in themselves and their decision-making capability is a major plus. This is what we, as parents, need to strive for: raising compassionate, responsible, courageous, purpose-driven, and loving adults.
Please take a more in-depth look at these tips by reading Hennick’s article: https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/10-tips-to-raising-resilient-kids-from-a-former-114161116957.html
Cathy Thurber has over 10 years’ experience in the insurance industry and likes to think she’s learned a few things along the way, one of which being to not take herself too seriously. She would love to say she has as many cool expertise’s as her fellow blogger, Ken Kukral, but she’s just not as old as him. Cathy is a voracious reader and a total word nerd. Most importantly, she’s been married to her favorite person for almost twenty years and has two kids that she actually likes. However, the dog is her favorite child and she’s been wheedling for a cat for years. Perhaps this is the lucky year?