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Art of parenting meets the science of resilience
A key goal for parents, Bradley says, should be to help children develop resilience, the ability to bounce back from adversity. And that means their children actually have to face adversity.
“You don’t build resilience by bubble-wrapping a kid,” he says. “You also don’t build resilience by overstressing a kid, putting them in a situation they cannot handle. You’re trying to find that sweet spot between zero and 10. That’s where we build resilient kids.”
Building resilient kids is the focus of Bradley’s latest book, Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience (AMACOM Books, 2017). Much of the book is devoted to the 7 C’s of resilience (a list developed by Ken Ginsburg in Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings). The seven are competence, confidence, connection, character, control, coping and contribution.
For each C, Bradley offers strategies parents can use to help their children develop that attribute. He later offers 10 tactics for implementing those strategies on a daily basis…
Worst floods to hit South Asia in decade expose lack of monsoon planning
The most devastating floods to hit South Asia in a decade have killed more than 1,400 people and focused attention on the poor planning and lack of preparedness for annual monsoon rains, as authorities struggle to get aid to millions of destitute.
Floods in Texas have dominated world media coverage in recent days, but India, Nepal and Bangladesh have suffered flooding for two months, with hundreds of villages submerged and tens of thousands of people in relief camps short of food and vulnerable to disease.
Entire districts will take months to limp back to life, with schools destroyed, roads washed away and crops ruined in some of the region’s poorest areas, officials said.
As the extent of damage became clearer, experts highlighted how poorly prepared governments were to deal with an annual problem…