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2nd Edition - Building Resilience in Children and Teens

Giving Kids Roots and Wings

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP

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$ 15.95
Published:
2011
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CB0065
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Acknowledgments

 

Preface

 

Part 1 Resilience and Stress

 

 Chapter 1 Why Resilience?

 Chapter 2 Stress and Its Effects

 Chapter 3 Ingredients of Resilience: 7 Crucial Cs

 Chapter 4 Not Letting Others Undermine Your Child’s Resilience (or Psyche You Out!)

 

Part 2 Competence and Confidence

 

 Chapter 5 Getting Out of the Way

 Chapter 6 The Value of Play

 Chapter 7 Noticing, Praising, and Criticizing

 Chapter 8 Authentic Success

 Chapter 9 Thinking Clearly

 Chapter 10 No More Lectures

 Chapter 11 “I Get It!”

 Chapter 12 Changing Behavior Step-by-step

 Chapter 13 Shifting the Blame to Save Face

 Chapter 14 Media Literacy

 Chapter 15 Not Being Broken

 Chapter 16 Building Confidence

 

Part 3 Connection, Character, and Contribution

 

 Chapter 17 Connection

 Chapter 18 The Art and Importance of Listening

 Chapter 19 Strengthening Family Ties

 Chapter 20 Widening the Circle

 Chapter 21 Some Cautions About Connection

 Chapter 22 Supporting Resilience in Military Families

 Chapter 23 Character

 Chapter 24 Contribution

 

 

Part 4 Coping

 

 Chapter 25 Getting a Grip on Stress

 Chapter 26 Taking Action

 Chapter 27 Taking Care of Your Body

 Chapter 28 Taking Care of Your Emotions

 

Part 5 Control

 

 Chapter 29 Styles of Discipline

 Chapter 30 Positive Discipline Strategies

 Chapter 31 Increasing Kids’ Control

 Chapter 32 Delaying Gratification and Trusting Their Decisions

 Chapter 33 One Rung at a Time

 Chapter 34 Not Everything Is Within Our Control

 

Part 6 When Resilience Is Challenged Beyond Reasonable Limits

 

 Chapter 35 Extreme Circumstances

 Chapter 36 Turning for Help

 Chapter 37 When Your Own Resilience Reaches Its Limits

 

Part 7 Especially for Communities and Individual Teens

 

 Chapter 38 Community-based Resilience-building Strategies

 Chapter 39 Just for Kids: A Personalized Guide for Managing Stress

 

Parting Thoughts

 

Resources

 

Index

 

Description

Families, schools, and communities can prepare children and teens to THRIVE through both good and challenging times. Building Resilience in Children and Teens offers strategies to help kids from 18 months to 18 years build seven crucial “Cs” — competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control — so they can excel in life and bounce back from challenges.

The book describes how to raise authentically successful children who will be happy, hardworking, compassionate, creative, and innovative. Dr. Ginsburg reminds parents that our goal is to think in the present and prepare for the future, to remember that our real goal is to raise children to be successful 35-year-olds.  It’s about more than immediate smiles or even good grades; it’s about raising kids to be emotionally and socially intelligent, to be able to recover from disappointment and forge ahead throughout their lives. The stable connection between caring adults and children is the key to the security that allows kids to creatively master challenges and reach their highest potential. This book offers concrete strategies to solidify those vital family connections.

 

Resilience is also about confronting the overwhelming stress kids face today. This invaluable guide offers coping strategies for facing the stresses of academic performance, high achievement standards, media messages, peer pressure, and family tension. Young people too commonly survive stress by indulging in unhealthy behaviors or by giving up completely The suggested solutions offered here are aimed at building a repertoire of positive coping strategies.

 

 

Kids who have these healthy strategies in place may be less likely to turn to those quick, easy, but dangerous fixes that adults fear. The book includes a guide for teens to create their own customized positive coping strategies.

 

The second edition of this award-winning book continues to focus on parents, but now also offers wisdom about how schools and communities can best support families. It is updated throughout and entirely new chapters offer strategies on how best to: support military families, confront the negative portrayal of teens, prevent perfectionism and support authentic success. Finally, the book now guides parents how to recharge and rebound when their own resilience reaches its limits.

 

Visit Dr. Ginsburg's Web page for additional information about building resilience: www.fosteringresilience.com

Testimonials

Dr Ken Ginsburg’s work on resilience forms the basis of our entire adolescent medicine practice. Teaching young people to use their strengths to prevent and manage problems helps them to be in control of their own futures; teaching parents to recognize and build resilience in their children fosters productive family-based partnerships that last a lifetime and save lives. Whether 3 years old or 30, whether struggling with “normal” developmental issues or major medical or psychological stresses, Dr Ginsburg empowers parents to raise children who love, accept, and protect themselves. Isn’t that what we all want for our kids?

--Susan Sugerman, MD, MPH, President and Cofounder, Girls to Women Health and Wellness

Building Resilience in Children and Teens provides a rich and valuable resource for anyone who cares about overcoming the increasing pressures of student achievement. Dr Ginsburg has created a great way for adolescents to manage stress and offers effective strategies to prepare this often-overlooked age group to thrive. It was a super pick for our school and community books clubs—a must-read for any adult involved in middle schools!

--David Schrag, Principal, Stanley Middle School, Lafayette, CA

 

This book is about recognizing your child’s strengths and parenting from a place of what you can influence. By helping parents understand what is normal developmentally, [Dr Ken Ginsburg] helps us refocus our impression of teens as difficult, and in the process helps us enhance our child’s feelings of competence, setting the groundwork for raising children who can cope on their own in today’s complex world. As a parent of 9- and 19-year-olds, and as someone who has brought Dr Ginsburg to speak to parents and teens in our community, I can tell you his genuine concern for children comes through on the pages of this book. Not only is he a parent himself, but he is on the front lines with teens in his office every day. There’s no magic answer, but this book gives parents well-thought-out advice on raising children so they have the tools they need for authentic success in life. This book is one you will keep on your shelf to refer back to and share with friends.

--Sharon B. Greenstein, Parent Education Chairperson, Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council

Dr Ginsburg has focused on one of the most critical traits necessary for student on their path to self-actualization. This book provides a commonsense approach and time-tested exercises for stress reduction for students. Building Resilience can be the “spark” to assist students in their social-emotional growth.

--Ray Piagentini, Professional school counselor and Past President, Illinois School Counselor Association

Dr Ginsburg masterfully integrates cutting-edge theory and research with his rich, insightful, and compelling vision for enhancing the lives of youth. No book better serves parents, practitioners, policy makers, and educators in its respective effort to promote the health and positive development of children and adolescents.

--Richard M. Lerner, Ph\D, Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and Director, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University, and author or editor of more than 70 books, including The Good Teen: Rescuing Adolescence from the Myths of the Storm and Stress Years

[Dr Ken Ginsburg’s] book…has become a vital part of our training and support resources for parents, professionals, and community volunteers. Over the years we have found…that Ken Ginsburg’s research-based and evidence-informed training and practical scholarship is an incredible asset in helping us support parents and expand the convoy of other supporting adults that understand the challenges of mobility and transition faced by America’s military-connected children and youth.

--Mary M. Keller, EdD, President and CEO, Military Child Education Coalition

About the author

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and practices adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is coauthor of Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond and author of “But I’m Almost 13!” An Action Plan for Raising a Responsible Adolescent. He is the father of 2 children and lives in Philadelphia.

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