How to Raise Resilient Children and Adolescents

Local organizations partner to bring international expert and author to Fairfield County

With the heightened expectations and complexities of today’s environment, it is more important than ever to raise a resilient child who is able to overcome life’s inevitable obstacles. Between school, peer pressure and their own physiological changes, the stress can be overwhelming. Compound that by the relentless presence of social media, where interactions that were once limited to one or two people can instantly be broadcast to thousands, and resiliency becomes an essential life skill for the present that is crucial to becoming a happy adult.

That is why four local organizations are bringing Dr. Robert Brooks, renowned author and psychologist, to Fairfield County. At two sessions on April 27, one in Weston and the other in Wilton, Dr. Brooks will discuss why some children are inherently more able to cope than others, and what steps parents and other adults can take to help every child develop the positive self-image and confidence necessary for being resilient.

“Teaching a child to be resilient is not just about telling them to have a “stiff upper lip,” says Dr. Aaron Krasner, Adolescent Transitional Living Program Service Chief at Silver Hill Hospital. Resiliency, he says, is the ability to recognize and manage challenges as well as learn to cope with them effectively. He adds that some adults may be surprised at what it takes to support children in becoming resilient.

 “The most important thing a parent can do to help a child is to validate their feelings and thereby foster in them a positive self-image. That requires respect, empathy and uninterrupted time from the adult caregiver. I expect parents, teachers and anyone involved in child-raising will find these sessions stimulating and enlightening.”

This event is sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Youth Services, Weston Youth Services and Silver Hill Hospital. The Weston morning event will be from 11am-12:30pm at the Weston Public Library Community Room (56 Norfield Rd, Weston,CT). The evening session is from 7-8:30pm at the Wilton High School Little Theater (395 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT). The event is free and registration is not required.

For event information: Wilton Youth Services (203) 834-6241 or Weston Youth Services (203) 222-2585.



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