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Building Resilience in Children and Teens

Confronting the overwhelming amount of stress kids face today, this invaluable guide offers coping strategies for facing the combined elements of academic performance, high achievement standards, media messages, peer pressure, and family tension. The handbook acknowledges that adolescents commonly survive stress by either indulging in unhealthy behaviors or giving up completely, and its suggested solutions are aimed at strengthening resilience. The proposed plan enables kids from the age of 18 months to 18 years to build the seven crucial "C's"--competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control--needed to bounce back from challenges. A variety of approaches are featured such as building on natural strengths, fostering hope and optimism, avoiding risky behaviors, and taking care of oneself physically and emotionally. With new chapters on perfectionism, the negative portrayal of teens, military families, and what parents can do when resilience has reached its limits, this examination also includes two personalized guides for creating customized strategies.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents Acknowledgments Preface Part 1 Resilience and Stress Chapter 1 Why Resilience? Chapter 2 Stress and Its Effects Chapter 3 Ingredients of Resilience: 7 Crucial Cs Chapter 4 Not Letting Others Undermine Your Child's Resilience (or Psyche You Out!) Part 2 Competence and Confidence Chapter 5 Getting Out of the Way Chapter 6 The Value of Play Chapter 7 Noticing, Praising, and Criticizing Chapter 8 Authentic Success Chapter 9 Thinking Clearly Chapter 10 No More Lectures Chapter 11 "I Get It!" Chapter 12 Changing Behavior Step-by-step Chapter 13 Shifting the Blame to Save Face Chapter 14 Media Literacy Chapter 15 Not Being Broken Chapter 16 Building Confidence Part 3 Connection, Character, and Contribution Chapter 17 Connection Chapter 18 The Art and Importance of Listening Chapter 19 Strengthening Family Ties Chapter 20 Widening the Circle Chapter 21 Some Cautions About Connection Chapter 22 Supporting Resilience in Military Families Chapter 23 Character Chapter 24 Contribution Part 4 Coping Chapter 25 Getting a Grip on Stress Chapter 26 Taking Action Chapter 27 Taking Care of Your Body Chapter 28 Taking Care of Your Emotions Part 5 Control Chapter 29 Styles of Discipline Chapter 30 Positive Discipline Strategies Chapter 31 Increasing Kids' Control Chapter 32 Delaying Gratification and Trusting Their Decisions Chapter 33 One Rung at a Time Chapter 34 Not Everything Is Within Our Control Part 6 When Resilience Is Challenged Beyond Reasonable Limits Chapter 35 Extreme Circumstances Chapter 36 Turning for Help Chapter 37 When Your Own Resilience Reaches Its Limits Part 7 Especially for Communities and Individual Teens Chapter 38 Community-based Resilience-building Strategies Chapter 39 Just for Kids: A Personalized Guide for Managing Stress Parting Thoughts Resources Index

About the Author

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, FAAP is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and practices adolescent medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the author of But I'm Almost 13!: An Action Plan for Raising a Responsible Adolescent and the coauthor of Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond. He lives in Philadelphia.

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