A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children

Resilience Colby Pearce

Throughout our long history, humankind has been remarkably successful at overcoming adversity and thriving on the opportunities presented by world in which we live. You could argue that humans are one of the hardiest species to inhabit the earth. Theories of evolution claim that abilities and attributes that aid in survival are passed on from generation to generation because the individual passing them on lived long enough to have children.  Given the length of time humans have been evolving in their present form (roughly 30,000 years), it might be argued that all people have within them the inherited potential to be resilient.

Ensuring that children achieve their potential to be resilient is a universal concern of parents, caregivers and professionals who work with children. A child’s capacity to cope with adversity and ‘stand on their own two feet’ is seen by those who have a caring concern for children as an important part of a child’s development and essential in order to achieve independence and success in later life. However, perhaps just as universal is the concern for shielding children from physical and emotional distress. These seemingly competing concerns are a source of confusion and heartache for those who have the best interests of children at heart and have the potential to obscure their vision of what is, indeed, in a child’s best interests. I wrote this book in order to provide parents, caregivers and professionals who work with children a clear vision of how to ensure that children realise their natural inheritance to be resilient, without precipitating conflicts and confusion about a child’s best interests.

Authored by Secure Start Principal Clinical Psychologist, Colby Pearce, A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children was written with a general parenting audience in mind. The book sets out an evidence-based model of care in the home, educational and professional care setting that is fundamental to the promotion of wellbeing and resilience in children. Written in an accessible style, it is suitable for most readers and is an obvious companion to those who want additional information about parenting that promotes attachment security after reading A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder.

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