Building Resilience in Children and Teens

Giving Kids Roots and Wings

This book, from a bestselling author and pediatrician, offers coping strategies to help children and teens deal with stress due to academic pressure, high achievement standards, media messages, peer pressure and family tension. Recommendations guide parents to help kids (18 months to 18 years) build competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control — all needed to bounce back from life's challenges.

330 pages. ©2014.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

AleeOrtega

Review posted August 12, 2019

4

This book was practical and an captivating read.

mharner0514

Review posted August 2, 2019

4

Amazing resource

Khazilla

Review posted August 1, 2019

4

A good book for parents, professionals and others who care about young people. The 7 C's framework is easily accessible and the resources (especially videos) are great for quick learning. Lots of easily digestible segments for specific circumstances (i.e. Connection in Military Families).

stoutbr

Review posted July 30, 2019

4

This book is filled with ideas for building resilience in kids. So many ideas are small and nuanced. Slight ways we can shift our language, time, or interactions with kids. It’s not a hard read, but also not quick due to all the content.

Brownju

Review posted July 16, 2019

5

Every parent and teacher should read this book. It gives insight into the world of students who need to fly. The author shared best practices to help every community.

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Review posted June 20, 2019

4

I enjoyed this book. It brought much awareness on Resiliency and childhood trauma.

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Review posted June 19, 2019

5

This book is empowering for the reader in helping young people to reframe their adverse experiences into sources of growth and strength.

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Review posted June 12, 2019

4

Great "how to" advice. A must read for anyone in a helping profession.

Frontier CASA

Review posted June 6, 2019

5

I was looking for a book on resilience to share with our Court Appointed Special Advocates and I found it. This is one of the best I have read. I have also recommended it to two parents for their use.

krystlemoxley

Review posted May 23, 2019

4

I enjoyed the age spectrum in this book and specifically appreciated that the author tackled problems congruent with our age of technology and how this has impacted our children. It was help as a parent who has kids who range in ages from 4 to 17.

jlwatson

Review posted May 18, 2019

5

Excellent book for anyone with kids, teaching kids, or working with kids in any way. This book has very useful, easy to use examples. Highly recommend!

csumerlin17

Review posted May 15, 2019

5

This book is packed with information, strategies, and insights that every parent or adult who works with children should know. Each chapter and section gets down to the core of how to help children grow socially and emotionally. The book is a toolbox that should be revisited often.

Patricia Jarrett

Review posted May 8, 2019

5

This is an excellent book! Is helping me personally and professionally.

Almaaguayo

Review posted May 3, 2019

5

I loved this book, it has helped out so much thank you.

kyeann196

Review posted April 30, 2019

5

This book is a must have for any parent wishing for a guidebook to happy kids in today's chaotic world. Today's youth are faced with many challenges that are new to their generation and this helps navigate through child-rearing to raise successful adults.

watsonka

Review posted April 19, 2019

3

Useful and good information. Parts are common sense, parts are dry, but worth reading.

aileahd

Review posted April 15, 2019

5

Very down to earth, science based recommendations on how to raise kids with respect and authenticity. As an avid reader in this genre I didn't see anything outstanding and new, rather a well-researched summary of many solid ideas. I love that there are plentiful references for scientific studies and published journal articles backing up the theories presented in the book. A wonderful read, highly recommend.

Loverfrombeyond

Review posted April 15, 2019

4

The book is very well set up, with picture breakdowns, clear sections, and situations to understand what the section is talking about at points. Very well written.

BrandiS

Review posted April 14, 2019

5

This book was well written and I felt there was no judgement and full of practical information.

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Review posted April 7, 2019

4

This book is great for parents and caregivers. It's an easy read, full of plenty of useful information.

RobMWright

Review posted April 3, 2019

4

I teach in a school that serves four of the six poorest zip codes in the state and many of my students are dealing with situations that completely overwhelm them. I found much in "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings" that fit in with ACES training and programs that my school has instituted to work with, support and work with our student population. It is overwhelming, especially when you don't have one of the most important needs to be successful, time. It takes time to build resilience and when one is dealing with a student population that has a large migratory population and/or absentee rate, it makes the work all the more difficult. I mention this because time is the commodity that is the hardest to carve out as a teacher. Juggling the needs of multiple students (high school) and the requirements of the job is the hardest to keep track of and maintaining forward momentum. I lead off with this because, it has been the hardest part of trying to implement with my students. There is a lot of positive and good information in this book, so much that it can seem overwhelming. You find yourself wondering where to start. What strategies will be the ones to start to build the foundation of resilience on. How to frame the strategies in a way that facilitates buy in by the students. I am happy that I read this work, it did answer some questions I had and it has helped me to fine tune and tweak some of the strategies that I have begun to use with my students with the most need.

PuellaRav

Review posted March 30, 2019

4

Lots of helpful, insightful information. I’m passing the book along to my son & daughter in law. Their youngest is 13, and has had problems this year with bullying and anxiety issues. The chapter on confidence is definitely a place for them to start working together. I’m hoping that the entire family works through the book together.

mandy.stanley

Review posted March 18, 2019

5

A must read for parents and educators

KBurnham

Review posted March 18, 2019

5

This was a lovely book to read. I especially the section where it stated, "Young People Who Don't Live Up to THeir Potential Aren't Necessarily Lazy."

Kari

Review posted March 17, 2019

5

This book was a great resource for understanding the effects of stress on kids and for ideas to help children develop grit, residence and a positive self esteem!!

retiredtom

Review posted March 16, 2019

4

Approaches raising children with love and no games. Asks parents to strive to be adults (not always perfectly possible) and to help children, and teens, grow -- even when suffering from severe stress -- incrementally to be more responsible. There is much wisdom in the book but it might not be easily understood or clear to some given its slightly academic style. The use of stories helps, and the referral to videos available on-line helps as well. Part 7 deals with the role of communities in helping teens. I think this is why the Ford Institute Leadership Program engaged youth as young as 13, as part of an effort to help young people grow into adulthood.

LelaniaKetola

Review posted March 13, 2019

5

Excellent resource. A must read for any parent, educator, coach or anyone working with children.

Marshall3rd

Review posted March 13, 2019

3

Great overview and insights to resilience. More family oriented, but can be related to education/classroom. Loved the 7 C's!

Krystamilton

Review posted March 12, 2019

5

I like the layout of the book. Really helpful book for parenting.

mdowell

Review posted March 11, 2019

4

This book was very well written and easily one of the better resilience building for children and teens. I found the online videos that were included with this book a bonus.

dougsannes

Review posted March 1, 2019

3

Solid book.

tahutton

Review posted February 20, 2019

5

THIS IS A MUST READ! I ordered this book out of curiosity and ended up reading this in one night. This book contains information you don't particularly think about on a day to day basis, but really need to take a step back and reevaluate. A must read for all parents!

CASAOFDOUGLASCOUNTY

Review posted February 15, 2019

2

This book is a great resource for anyone who has children or works with them. I am using the book to help me understand what else can be done for youth in foster care. At the end of the book, the author offers a list of questions we can use to help develop the 7 C's in youth: Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Contribution, Coping and Control. It is helping me understand how to engage in relationships that build these assets in not only the children I serve, but my own grandchildren. After I finish using the book for research, I'm giving it to my daughter!