Raising Resilient Kids

How many times have you told your kids life isn’t fair?

It may have been when your daughter didn’t make a sports team or when your son didn’t get recommended for honors math. 

Can your child positively and productively overcome life’s obstacles? Does your child adjust well to change? If your answers aren’t a resounding yes, keep reading.

Why Is It Important for Your Child To Be Resilient?

Merriam-Webster defines resilience as “the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.”

Children face adversity every day. Kids need to be able to pick themselves up and keep going.

Research shows:

  • 1 in 7 school-aged children experience mental health problems
  • 65% of adolescents will not actively seek help for mental health issues

Academics, sports, and social pressures are more demanding than ever before. For example, social media has changed the way children communicate. This can negatively impact children’s confidence and perceptions of themselves.

That’s why raising a resilient kid is more important than ever. And The MRP Project is here to help.

The MRP Project’s Raising Resilient Kids education series lays the foundation for resilience by arming you and your kids with the tools needed to cope with life’s obstacles. 

Raising Resilient Kids was a wonderful series that I am so happy I had the opportunity to participate in.  Through this series, I gained new strategies to work with my own children through situations that, in the past, have felt overwhelming to me.

I walked away from this series with new language to use to work with my children and to help guide them through situations they may encounter in everyday life growing up. I am truly grateful for the discussions, encouragement, and guidance that this series provided.

This is a series that every parent should participate in!

-Michelle M.

Join Raising Resilient Kids Educational Series. 

About Raising Resilient Kids

Raising Resilient Kids is for parents who want to ensure their child can positively and productively overcome life’s obstacles. The cost is $75 for the six-week series where we’ll highlight the essential role obstacles play in children’s development. The facilitators discourage parents from trying to “fix problems.”

Instead, we discuss specific behaviors, thoughts, and actions to help children cope with their feelings in a specific situation. These strategies can then be used to help deal with similar feelings in the future.

We spend some time during the first couple sessions discussing ourselves and our own resilience. This is an important aspect to the series, as it’s critical for us as parents to be resilient. We can’t expect our children to be resilient unless we’re modeling resilient behavior for them!

Specifically, we’ll explore the following topics in the 6-week series:

  1. Importance of Being Resilient, What Is Resilience, Identifying Strengths 
  2. 7 C’s of Resilience 
  3. Sensitive Listening/Responding, The ABC Model
  4. Analyzing Underlying Beliefs- Thinking Traps, Icebergs, and Catastrophizing
  5. Learning from the Past, Practicing Gratitude, and Curbing Instant Gratification
  6. Explanatory Style, Locus of Control, Social Media and Resilience, Staying Flexible, and Places to Look for Help

Each class focuses on one topic (outlined above). The facilitators provide time for problem-solving and group discussions. Participants can support each other, share lessons-learned, discuss experiences, and learn from one another.

About the Facilitators

Meghan McGuire is a Certified Elementary School Counselor in Ashland, MA. She has a BA in Psychology from Providence College, an MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and a CAGS in Resiliency in the Helping Professions from Assumption College. Meghan has been working with children and families in various capacities for twenty years. In her free time, Meghan loves spending time with her husband, 3 teenage sons, and rescue mutt, Bailey.

Kristen Pedroli Pierce is the founder and executive director of The MRP Project. Kristen holds a position as internal communications manager in a large organization. Through her own personal tragedy (the death of her husband in 2016), Kristen saw a need for social and emotional support in the community. Through The MRP Project, she hopes to carry on her late husband’s passion for community service and mentoring.

Register for the class today.