Episode 038: Corrie Wiedmann & Kelsa DeBrabant on Teaching & Modeling Resilience

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Corrie is a mom, educator and entrepreneur at heart. She has a degree in elementary education and psychology and has spent years working in the field of education. Kelsa is a mom, designer and teacher that has spent years working in the mental health field. In 2013 she launched her first business, Happy Patches.

Wonder Crate is an educational box for kids that promotes social emotional learning. Kids gain real world skills to be more confident, manage emotions, embrace challenges, increase social skills and stay positive. Skills are developed with the help of a book, fun activities, an online lesson and tips and resources for parents. www.wondercratekids.com

Wonder Crate Mission: To teach all children the social and emotional skills that will empower them to explore their world, challenge their current abilities, look for ways to make the world a better place, and expect their own efforts WILL change the future!

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So many amazing tips and tools about how to help our kids develop resilience.

Often, we are tempted to shelter our kids from pain and struggle, but actually, those challenges they face each day are there to help them develop their ability to face obstacles as opportunities to grow!

I love the Kelsa described resilience as a muscle that we develop through practice and expose to challenges. We are not talking about dangerous challenges, just daily tasks that create frustration, like learning to tie their shoes, do their homework, or finish a chore. When we jump in to do it, it’s like telling them we will do their workout for them!

Can you imagine going to the gym with your kids and telling them, step away from that barbell, I will lift that for you?!

We develop resilience just like we would our muscles with practice, with working on our mindset to see challenges as opportunities rather than setbacks.

Resilience is “the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., afterbeing bent, compressed, or stretched” (dictionary.com). The ability to recover from a challenge is something that needs to be practiced, like a skill that needs to be learned, or a muscle that needs to be developed.

Parents also model for kids how to cope with challenges. Being resilient is about recovery, and it is also about coping: recognizing when we are having strong feelings, and then modeling appropriate ways to deal with them. Perhaps you cope by going for a walk, or talking out your feelings with your own parents, friend, or spouse.

These soft skills are part of learning how to parent, too. Something I have learned is that I have to be able to model resilience so that I can teach my kids how to develop that skill, too! That is the challenge! We can also talk about the challenges we face, how we feel about our mistakes, and how we are facing the issue. When you talk about “highs and lows” at the dinner table, for example, you can talk about how the lows are challenges that are a part of life, and discuss how to cope with them.

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Recommended Books

“The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child” by Daniel J. Siegel

I am really enjoying Dr. Siegel’s work. I heard him speak on a virtual summit recently, and he is incredibly insightful.

The Awakened Family: How to Raise Empowered, Resilient, and Conscious Children” by Dr. Shefali Tsabary

I recommend this to everyone! I love this book. Dr. Shefali really teaches amazing skills on how to manage our own feelings so that we can help our kids direct their own feelings without our baggage!

“The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience” by Jill Neimark and Nicole Wong

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)” by Dan Santat

Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty

What Do You Do With a Problem?” by Kobi Yamada

 

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