Stress, unfortunately is a universal commonplace problem. It is also a problem that does not discriminate. How wonderful would it be if each one of us had the ability to teach our children, at the very youngest age, a way to reduce stress and deal with everyday problems and even those bigger than big problems, without having stress take over their lives? Well, George S. Everly, Jr., PH.D has developed just the technique that every single person can use in their lives, to do just that. Even those without children, or grown children, can benefit from his wonderful book, The Resilient Child.
In The Resilient Child, the author presents it's readers with seven essential lessons that every person should learn. They are as follows: 1) The Value of Friends, Mentors, and the Support of Others 2) The Three Most Difficult Decisions 3) Teach Your Children to Take Responsibility for Their Actions 4) Making the Most Important Investment of a Lifetime: Invest in Your Health 5) Learn the Power of Optimism 6) The Importance of Faith 7) Follow a Moral Compass and Cultivate Integrity
These seven lessons each receive their own chapter, broken down into subcategories. At the end of each one, there is "homework" consisting of questions or thought provoking exercises such as: "Write the names of your two or three closest friends. Next to each name, explain why you chose that person for a friend. Describe a specific situation in which each person demonstrated his or her friendship. Ask your child/ren to do the same." The Resilient Child is presented in a fun and interesting way, with a bit of humor thrown in. Though a fairly short book, it packs a ton of great and useful information within its pages, information that one can come back to again and again.
In the beginning, Dr. Everly, Jr. expresses the fact that this book is written as a gift to his children. The gift of resiliency that they can take with them anywhere, throughout their entire lives. It is not necessarily the book itself that is the gift, but the true treasure of lessons that it holds between it's covers. Now, through The Resilient Child, Dr. Everly, Jr. is kind enough to bestow this gift to all of us and what a true gift it is.
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For years, Dr. George Everly’s clinical practice has focused on helping adults recover from the physical and mental illnesses caused by excessive stress. He concluded that such treatment would not have been necessary if they had been taught to better manage stress early in life. Unlike many books on this subject, this one does not promote stress reduction techniques as such. Instead, it presents seven pillars on which a stress-resilient life may be built. Dr. Everly explains that resisting stress and rebounding are based on strength of character; strength of character is resiliency; and resiliency is based on seven core life lessons that parents can teach their children. Essential actions, beliefs, and codes that shape true resiliency in the face of challenges can — if learned early enough — prevent debilitating stress. Dr. Everly persuasively frames his approach as an “acquired immunity” to the effects of stress in areas from health to relationships and careers.