Resilience can be defined as the ability to thrive in both good and challenging times. This video series takes an in-depth look at how to encourage teens to be resilient. Ken Ginsburg, Co-Founder of CPTC and Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, offers concrete strategies to promote each of the seven core principles of resilience, including:
- Confidence. Build confidence in teens by offering specific praise, setting high but reachable expectations, providing clear boundaries, and letting them know they are loved.
- Competence. Encourage competence in teens by noticing and building the skills they already have, but recognizing which skills they need to develop.
- Connection. Stay close to teens while allowing them the space needed to grow. Solid, loving connections to parents is the most protective force in their lives.
- Character. Help teens on their path toward becoming a good people by modeling strong character traits and giving them space to clarify their own values.
- Contribution. Provide opportunities for teens to help others so they aren’t afraid to ask for help themselves.
- Coping. Guide teens to cope by uncovering healthy ways to deal with stress including exercise, journaling, or talking to a trusted adult.
- Control. Give teens a sense of control with appropriate praise and a balance of independence and boundaries.