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New research helps to instill persistence in children

Medical X-Press – James Devitt

“Encouraging children “to help,” rather than asking them to “be helpers,” can instill persistence as they work to fulfill daily tasks that are difficult to complete, finds a new psychology study. Encouraging children “to help,” rather than asking them to “be helpers,” can instill persistence as they work to fulfill daily tasks that are difficult to complete, finds a new psychology study.” (more)

Boosting Resilience Through Creativity

Edutopia – Elena Aguilar

“Many educators are concerned with managing stress and preventing burnout, well aware as we are of the demands of the profession and the high rate of turnover in schools. We know we need to sleep, eat well, exercise, and maybe meditate, and those habits are certainly useful in cultivating resilience, which is the ability to tackle adversity and emerge stronger than before. ” (more)

School marks are important. But resilience is the real indicator of success

The Guardian – Johanna Leggatt

“Sometimes the high achievers go on to fruitful and varied careers, but sometimes their light burns out early. Stories filter back of how they “lost it” at university. Not used to studying in an unstructured environment, they gulped down their freedom too quickly and greedily, and the last anyone saw of them was a chance encounter at a pool hall somewhere up the coast. Often it’s the rebel who takes everyone by surprise. They’ve got four side hustles, three books to their name, and a reliable stream of passive income. While you have spent a fortune to come to the reunion, they’re making money off their online deals website while chatting over canapés.”(more)

5 Steps Closer To A More Resilient Teen

The Huffington Post – Daniel Patterson

“There’s a picture currently going viral; a simple sign taped to the door of a school in Arkansas. It reads, “Stop! If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.” While extremely blunt, the sign accurately summarizes a growing frustration in education: the saturation of overly-involved high school parents. These parents regularly meddle in, fix, engineer and master-mind their teens’ daily lives. They intercept teachable moments from the hands of their children thereby preventing the acquisition of a much-needed life skill: resiliency. Developing resiliency is like riding a bike: difficult to master, but impossible to forget. Even as years pass between bike rides, the brain easily recalls how to proceed. The same holds true with resiliency; developed early, it can be effectively utilized in adulthood. But just like riding a bike, it takes practice. High school is crucial in the process of resiliency development; it’s an opportunity for teens to experience grit-producing scenarios. When denied such formative experiences, life’s future challenges are forever exacerbated by its absence.”(more)

5 Powerful Strategies That Help Children Grow Braver And More Confident

Forbes – Kathy Caprino

“In my years as a marriage and family therapist, I worked with many families in trauma, and witnessed first-hand how afraid so many children are – of being alone, of dealing with sad things, of disappointing their families, of not having friends, of being ostracized, abandoned or humiliated, and the list goes on. These deep fears, it turns out, are universal and shared by millions. In addition, these fears can stay with us (and grow larger and more unwieldy) throughout our adult lives unless we’re guided, trained and encouraged to look at our fears and address them with more bravery, courage, and awareness…I was thrilled to catch up this week with Avril McDonald, a former teacher and an expert in helping children develop bravery in the face of challenge…I think that what we are missing is bringing it [bravery] to the forefront of early education by innovating and creating great resources for parents and teachers to be able to help young children build emotional intelligence, resilience and to love, accept and understand themselves and others…Here are the most powerful tips I can offer:”(more)