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Why Teaching Your Child Resilience Is So Important For Emergency Prep

Why Teaching Your Child Resilience Is So Important For Emergency Prep

When I think of the term “resilience" as it relates to children, I often think of a rafting trip I went on a while back. At one point during the journey, the guide led us to a series of tall rocks and cliffs and asked if anyone would like to jump off. A number of adults opted in, as did a handful of children who had accompanied their parents.

I watched as the parents made sure the kids’ lifejackets were secure. I watched as they dispensed careful advice about how to jump, how to land, and how to hold their lifejackets down so they wouldn’t get knocked in the face upon impact. But the thing that really struck me in that moment was that the parents could do nothing once their child’s feet left the cliff. It was all up to the child at that point. He or she would have to jump out far enough, stay upright, land feet-down, and hold on to his or her jacket. The parent, at that point, was rendered helpless.
Preparing for Life: Disasters Large and Small

Preparing for Life: Disasters Large and Small

As humans, we have a tendency to avoid thinking about things that stray too far from what we encounter on a day-to-day basis. For example, most adults go to work and come home at predictable times. It happens so routinely, in fact, that your brain stops devoting much time and effort to thinking about it; it’s only when something atypical happens that your brain makes note. And generally speaking, this is a good thing; it allows your brain to be busy doing other things, like figuring out dinner, planning your next family vacation, etc.