In the business world, the concept of ‘pivoting’ means adapting and modifying based on changes in the market. Pivoting is important for businesses to avoid being stuck in one direction when faced with a continually changing environment.
It is also an important concept for us as individuals. Our lives and environments are constantly changing and we do not always know the path that will take us in our life. Being able to pivot helps us build our resilience.
For kids approaching the end of high school and considering their career path, pivoting becomes particularly critical. If their post-secondary education or career goals do not come to fruition, are they able to adapt and be comfortable with change? The alternative is an intense amount of stress from trying to stay on the same path.
Today’s resilience-building tip is to help your children develop confidence in all the things that they can do for themselves.
It can be difficult to resist the urge to fix everything for your children. It is important, however, to allow your children to explore challenges and solve problems independently. This helps boost their confidence and resilience for tackling future challenges.
Dr. Jen shares a related experience from her family and describes the increased confidence that she saw in her daughter as a result.
Today’s tip is a resilience-building conversation you can have with your child. Sit down and discuss with them how our brains are more prone to focusing on the negative than the positive.
Conversations with your kids are a great way to shift their perspectives about the world! This conversation and shift in perspective towards more positive thinking will be particularly important for your children as they go into their teenage years.
Today’s tip for building resilience is to set aside 10 minutes of dedicated, uninterrupted time with each of your children.
When we are out every day taking on challenges, we need a safe space to come back to. This allows us to recharge. For your child, it also means that they will feel like they always have a safe and secure adult that they can come back to when they face these challenges.
Learn more in the video with Dr. Jen below or join our parenting Facebook Group HERE.
Welcome to the new year and a new skill at the Umbrella Project!
We are excited to be kicking off the year by building the Resilience skill. Resilience is our ability to bounce back from challenges that we face and come out stronger on the other side.
To start building resilience, focus more on self-care. The actor Will Smith once commented: “I don’t get ready, I stay ready”. This is how we like to think about preparing for challenges at the Umbrella Project. Ongoing self-care helps us to prepare to address challenges in our lives with the necessary energy and resources we need to survive and thrive.
Listen in with Dr. Jen to learn more below or on our Youtube channel HERE.