What challenges are you and your family facing today? Some kinds you pretty much have to expect: whining, complaining, arguing, playing too many video games, spending too much time on social media, or hitting puberty. Others are ultimate challenges: death, divorce, integrating new family members, sexually transmitted diseases, addictions, or suicidal thoughts. It can be overwhelming to think about dealing with even a single one of these, and yet, realistically, you can expect to face a great number of challenges both big and small as your child grows up. Many parents wear themselves out running from one problem to the next, chasing solutions for each one.
We think there is a better way, one that is simple, powerful, and effective: build resilience. Very simply stated, resiliency is the ability to face challenges, even get knocked down a bit by them, and use the experience to grow stronger and move forward. Some people call this “failing forward.”
Resiliency is not something that you either have or don’t have or that only a few special people can have. You can feel hopeful even if it seems like you’ve tried everything. Each of us can become more resilient. It is never too early or too late to start building it.
Resiliency needs to be lived, growing step-by-step and woven into daily life. It can’t be learned on a purely intellectual level. And since we can’t teach what we don’t live and know, all of us will find ourselves stretching and growing right alongside our children.
We combined over 50 years of professional experience, plus two lifetimes of personal experience, to bring you a unique way to learn about resiliency and put it into action in your family. We start with stories to inspire you. People have enjoyed telling stories since they first gathered around campfires. Stories encourage flexible, creative thought, inspire us to broaden our vision of the possible, and are powerful mediums of lasting change. And, besides that, they are fun to read and stick in the mind long after the book is closed!
Then we added practical strategies to help you put your inspiration to work. We know you are busy, so these are simple ideas you can use right away without a lot of preparation or fuss. You’ll learn how to teach your child to make a good apology, have fun working together, feel and express more gratitude, and so much more as we add resiliency skills to your family’s toolkit. We’ll help you create or adapt family traditions that are flexible enough to change with time and circumstances, yet constant enough to provide strong roots to ground your child through the joys and pains of life. Each of these will help your child become more resilient and better able to face whatever life has in store.
One thing that makes this book different is that it’s meant to be read in little snippets. You are a busy parent after all! You don’t need to read the whole book straight through. Start small, do what you can and little changes will add up to big ones.
We hope you are starting to feel a little bit excited about the possibilities and will decide to join us on a journey to developing your child’s resiliency and your own.
Here’s to failing forward!
By Calvert F Cazier, PhD, MPH and Anne Evans-Cazier, LCSW
Calvert F Cazier, PhD, MPH and Anne Evans-Cazier, LCSW have five kids, ten grandkids, and one amazing great-granddaughter. Combined, they have over 50 years of professional experience helping people lead healthier, happier lives, plus a lifetime of facing their own personal challenges from Tourette syndrome and ADD to cancer, death of a spouse, divorce and creating a blended family, to name just a few. Now, they are ready to help you and your family build the resiliency you need to overcome your challenges now and in the future.
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