Watch this inspirational video to learn about resilience and how it can help you and your children steer through the inevitable challenges on the "Road of Life."
(10 min. 35 sec.)
What is resilience and why is it important?
If life were an easy journey none of us would need resilience.
But we all know that the "Road of Life" is full of unexpected twists
and turns, detours and roadblocks.
Resilience is the ability to steer through these obstacles and
keep going even when we feel like giving up. Resilience is not
something we have or don’t have. It’s something we work on
for our whole lives.
Over the years, we’ve learned from research and our own work with children and families that there are certain things we need to develop our resilience and keep it up along the way.
What do we need to travel the Road of Life with resilience?
When we drive a car, there are many things that work together. We need keys to start the car, gas to fuel it, skills to steer it, and directions to find our way safely.
Travelling the "Road of Life" with resilience is like this,
too. Some of the things that help are inside us, like
thinking skills and confidence. We call these inner
strengths. Other things are outside us, like caring
relationships, positive role models, and community
supports. We call these outside supports.
These inner strengths and outside supports
work together to support resilience just like
driving safely involves many things working
together (driving skill, directions, roads, traffic
And just like a good driving instructor can help
you become a better driver, caring relationships
and positive role models help children
develop their inner strengths.
Sometimes parents don’t realize how essential they are in helping their children develop
resilience. You are your child’s most important role model.
“Resilient parents = Resilient kids”
And, of course, learning how to help your child develop resilience helps you at the same time!
To help you on your journey, we invite you to check out:these TIPS on building your family's resilience. EnglishFrench
And here's our color brochure"Helping your child travel the ‘Road of Life’ with resilience" written for parents of children from birth to 8 years.
About Reaching IN...Reaching OUT
We help adults and young children develop resiliency skills. Children learn
resiliency skills by watching adults model them. This simple idea is
backed by 30 years of research and is the cornerstone of our approach.
We teach adults the skills they need to handle life's challenges with
resilience and show them how to pass those skills along to children.
Training fees and events offered directly by Reaching IN...Reaching OUT
are managed by Resiliency Directions Inc., a social entrepreneurship
dedicated to supporting resilience in people of all ages.