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Friday 21 June 2019

Review: Everyday Resilience

Being a kid is tough. Emotions are heightened and things adults understand are no big deal often feel like the end of the world.

Friendship drama is real and taxing for kids. There are pressures at school, and sometimes at home, and kids are still learning about their strengths and weaknesses (and coming to terms with them).

As a parent, it’s hard to see your kids struggle through hard times. But what can you do?

Well, Michelle Mitchell, award-winning author, speaker and educator, thinks there’s a lot you can do, and she sets it all out in Everyday Resilience

This is a brilliant book — a must-read for all parents and carers, no matter how old their kids are. 

The book sets out seven traits of resilience (courage, gratitude, empathy, self-awareness, responsibility, self-care and contribution), explaining what each is and why it is so important for building resilience in kids.

Each chapter includes short, sharp sections of information, real examples of kids who have struggled in each area and the strategies Mitchell recommended to their parents to support them. There are loads of different suggestions for parents to try out — allowing you to choose which ones might work best for your children — and each chapter ends with summary take-home tips.

I loved reading this book. It's insightful and relatable, and Mitchell sets everything out in an easy to read and easy to understand format. 

This book will give you confidence to guide your kids through the storms of their life. It provides the tools you need to help your kids help themselves, giving them strategies they can take into adulthood. It can give you tools for your own life, too. It taught me much about my own levels of resilience, and many ideas within the book I will now apply to my own actions and reactions.

If you have kids, or care for kids, I highly, HIGHLY recommend reading Everyday Resilience

Title: Everyday Resilience
Author: Michelle Mitchell
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 May 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922265029
For ages: Adults
Type: Non-Fiction