“All children are capable of extraordinary things. There is no happiness gene, no success gene, and no ‘doer of extraordinary things’ gene.” This quote from Karen Young formed part of the introduction by child psychologist, Dr. Tracey Walker.
Earlier this term, our school was fortunate to host Dr. Jo Lukins and Dr. Tracey Walker as guest speakers for parents and teachers across Townsville.
Tracey reminded those present that resilience is being able to bounce back from stress, challenge, obstacles, tragedy, trauma or adversity.
When children are resilient, they are braver, more curious, more adaptable, and more able to extend their reach into the world.
Dr. Jo Lukins, psychologist made a key point that children learn and even imitate our reactions to life’s challenges, from the tiny annoyances that present from day to day to the more significant trials that life throws at us.
Many of us have encountered situations when we see an adult losing self-control, our news is inundated with examples. Children are not raised in isolation. Modelling coping strategies is a great gift that parents, teachers and significant adults can give to our children.
The following two minute video from Center on Developing Child – Harvard University gives a brief overview on How Resilience is Built.