From Our Blog Parenting Resilient Teens:
8 Tips For Empowering Your Child
1. Move with your kids. Any type of rhythmic movement (walking, biking, swinging,
playing catch, Frisbee, ping pong) reduces stress and creates great opportunities
to really talk with your kids.
2. The thoughts we hold in our heads matter. We move toward the things we
think about. If we think about our positive goals or vision, that is where we
3. Focus on our strengths and skills, and actually make a list. “What is one
thing you like about yourself and wouldn’t change no matter what?”
4. Validate, Validate, Validate. The simple act of listening to your child and
validating his or her feelings when something goes wrong is empowering.
5. Allow your kids to fail, feel sad and then move on. When kids take risks and
fail in small doses, it actually strengthens their "psychological immune
system", increasing their capacity for resiliency and inner strength. We call
this "Failing Forward".
6. We all need Empowering Partners to build us up, cheer us on, and help us
problem solve. Avoid the Energy Drainers!
7. When things feel overwhelming to your child, help him or her break it down
into small parts. It is important to help them take one very small step right
away to feel immediate success.
8. Help your child Strive for Greatness, not perfection. With perfectionism, the
bar is always just out of reach. When you help your child strive for
greatness - the focus is on learning and celebrating how far he or she has
And one more.....
Encourage your child to do things for others. This is a vital ingredient to
the development of real self-esteem and the capacity for happiness.
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