[This post is part of my Noteworthy Early Childhood Development (ECD) Resources series, which rounds up and highlights key resources on particular topics.]
Resilience – the capacity to adapt to and cope with change and stress – is fundamental to well-being. Building resilience in early childhood lays the foundation for long-term academic and social success. In today’s edition, I’d like to share with you four resources which describe research on and/or offer suggestions on how to foster resilience in young children.
The Science of Success – Lecture by Paul Tough (Video): Paul Tough talks the importance of focusing on children’s non-cognitive skills such as ‘grit’ and persistence, and how they contribute towards building success. After the lecture (about 30 minutes long), interesting comments and thoughts are shared by a panel of experts. (I have previously discussed some of Paul Tough’s work in this post.)
Mindsets: Interview with Carol Dweck (Podcast): In part 1, Carol Dweck explains the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset, and how the way we praise children can affect their motivation to learn. In part 2, she explores how to model a growth mindset for our children and also talks about how having a growth mindset helps children in bullying situations. (I have also previously discussed some of Carol Dweck’s work in this post.)
A Guide to Promoting Resilience in Children: Strengthening the Human Spirit by Edith H. Grotberg (published by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation): The International Resilience Project was a global research study aiming to understand resilience across cultures, that is, what do families and communities do around the world that supports children to cope with adversity. The findings indicate that there may be a common set of factors across cultures which are used to promote resilience in children; however there was a lot of variation among individuals. This guide, based on the initial findings of the project, is a work-in-progress document looking at what we know internationally about how resilience can be promoted in children.
Building Resilience in Young Children (pdf) from BestStart (also available in French): This resource book for parents and caregivers of children from birth to six years includes information, tips, and resources on how to foster resilience in young children in different ways – e.g., developing self-regulation, developing thinking skills, building confidence, and encouraging responsibility and participation.
Please share thoughts, ideas, and additional resources in the comments section or via email! Thanks.
For more resources, check out other Noteworthy Early Childhood Development Resources editions.