Essential reading for parents of grade schoolers through teens experiencing bullying, social exclusion, and teasing—with uplifting stories from young adults who have navigated those experiences and triumphed.
The tween and teen years are rife with intense social challenges in school, friendships, sports, and other activities where instances of teasing, bullying, social exclusion and marginalization are unfortunately all too common. Social media has only made this behavior easier and more insidious. But when kids ages 9 and up can be coached by a parent to respond effectively, manage their emotions in social situations, and recognize their own self-worth, they can reclaim a sense of their own power and develop skills like resilience, social and emotional intelligence and compassion for life.
Kim John Payne, a leading education consultant and parenting expert, and Luis Fernando Llosa, a writer and longtime sports coach, offer guidance and practical advice to parents, along with ten inspirational stories in the voice of young adults who have navigated bullying, teasing and social exclusion—and triumphed. The Emotionally Resilient Child gives tweens and teens the tools to address the problem themselves and develop mastery over the situation—rather than having parents step in and try to "fix" things. This book also gives parents vital proactive strategies to help build strong family relationships, trust and connection, so that kids can be better prepared for the inevitable social challenges life brings.
KIM JOHN PAYNE, M. ED, has been a counselor, educator, consultant, and researcher for twenty-seven years. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book Simplicity Parenting, The Soul of Discipline and Being at Your Best When Your Children Are at Their Worst, and co-author of Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment.He regularly gives keynote addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and trainings around the world. LUIS FERNANDO LLOSA is an award-winning Peruvian American sports writer, editor, speaker, investigative reporter and youth sports consultant who has worked with kids and teens as a sports coach for 25 years. He co-authored Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment and has made more than 500 national and local television and radio appearances.