Helping kids handle
friendship drama, academic
pressure and the self-doubt of
growing up.


Hi Parents,

I’m Michelle Mitchell.

If you have ever wondered how to help your child navigate friendship dramas or handle academic pressures, then this book is for you. If you have ever wondered how to help them discover their talents, overcome anxiety or find more joy in their relationships, then this book is for you. This book will help you turn your child’s everyday challenges into moments that build resilience.

Written for both primary and high school aged children (6-17), this book has a special focus on school based issues. As a former school teacher I know that these issues either make or break our children’s resilience levels. And there is so much more we can do to help them navigate the “small knocks” that come our children’s way.

I’ll answers questions like:  

  • How are children taught resilience?

  • What do all resilient children have in common?

  • How can I help my child handle social disappointments well?

  • How do I help my child choose good friends?

  • How do I help my child handle meanness and gossip with confidence?

  • How do I best support a child who is struggling academically?

  • How can I help a cautious child try new things?

  • What has resilience got to do with sibling rivalry?

  • How do I help my child be more grateful and appreciate their life? 

  • How can I best empower my child for their future?

This book is a part of the Everyday Resilience Series and is accompanied by a Journal for tweens. You can find out more about the journal further below.

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Here’s a fraction of what’s inside…

Page 13. Latest statistics about this generation’s resilience levels and what that means for you and your child.  

Page 19. What research identifies as “the protective factor”, and how you can ensure you child has it.

Page 20. Why I believe that storm proofing is the best way to approach resilience.

Page 37. Seven key traits of resilience, all which are research based and have stood the test of time. Why focussing on these in the short term could make all the difference in the long term. 

Page 50. How to help a child handle meanness. I wish every young person could hear about my “push back with truth” strategy.

Page 52. The biggest and most brutal truth about friendship that we need to teach our children. It’s a good kind of “Ouch!”

Page 54. The art of standing alone, and why every young person needs to enjoy their own company.

Page 54. How to teach young people to say “no” and be their own person.

This concept is expanded upon in my Everyday Resilience Journal:  A Pre-teens Guide to Friendships, Schoolwork and Growing Up!”  Check below to see more details.

Page 62. How to help your child bounce back from disappointments, like not being invited to a party or being put into a different class group than friends.

Page 73. Why gratitude will boost your young person’s capacity to solve problems and make clear decisions.

Page 87. How to respond to self-centred siblings. YEP, I have some grounded and sensible ideas for you to consider.  

Page 121. Why every young person needs to have a trash can between people’s words and their heart.  How you can help them quickly “throw away” unhelpful comments.

Page 130. The difference between real and ideal, and how that relates to our children’s resilience levels.  This is such a practical concept we can use when we talk to young people about their daily challenges.

Page 136. What thongs and jumpers have to do with resilience. One question I am often asked is when should parents ‘let go’ and when should they ‘step in’. This section answers this question!  

Page 140. A shout out to good teachers who are dedicated to building resilience. How to trust teachers to do their job, so our children can do theirs.

Page 145. I don’t know, try.  Sometimes this is the best answer to give a child who is looking for reassurance.

Page 151. The link between geckos, crocodiles and anxiety. A simple analogy to teach young people to look after their stress levels.  

Page 160. Why no one’s child likes carrying a present into a birthday party!  You thought it was only your child didn’t you? In this section I talk about helping cautious children try new things.

Page 167. Important stress hacks that every young person needs to know.

Page 177.  How to best support a child who is struggling academically? It might be easier than you think.

Page 181 Four specific things young people can do to avoid gossip and stay away from drama. Thanks to the drama lama for some light-hearted and helpful ideas.

This concept is expanded upon in my “Everyday Resilience Journal:  A Pre-teens Guide to Friendships, Schoolwork and Growing Up!”   Check further below to see more details.

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What people are saying about this book…

Parents want their children to grow up to be happy, healthy, strong, kind capable and resilient. To do that our precious children need to learn that life can present challenges and moments of adversity as well as moments of exquisite joy and delight. Resilient children learn how to navigate this unpredictable thing called life through the relationships they have and learning new coping skills. Michelle Mitchell has explored 7 things that can definitely help today's parents raise awesome kids in a chaotic changing world in her warm, insightful passionate way. This is a timely, excellent read for those who live with or work with children.
Maggie Dent – Author, Educator and Resilience Specialist

In ‘Everyday Resilience’, Michelle Mitchell provides an intelligent, practical and transformative resource for any adult who holds an important space in the life of a child. Michelle describes seven traits associated with resilience, as well as ways to nurture each these traits to fullness. ‘Everyday Resilience’ is a warm, wise, and powerful discussion of how we, as adults, can build the scaffold to empower the children in our lives to expand into their very important place in the world.
Karen Young - Author, Speaker, Parenting and Child & Adolescent Anxiety Specialist

In our world of constant change, Michelle has identified and described seven key principles that have never changed. This practical resource to help develop resilience in young teens will be invaluable for every parent and teacher today, and also for tomorrow.
Peter Salisbury - Dean of Year 6, Redlands College 

I believe ‘Everyday Resilience’ should be in the hands of every parent, educator, and carer.
Offering practical guidance, knowledge and truths, Michelle unpacks 7 key traits children need to have in their resilience backpack, that simply make sense. This is one of the most comprehensive books I have read on why resilience is such an important attribute to continually build and support in our young people, yet it is presented in such a highly engaging and practical way.
Sharon Witt - Best-selling Author, Educator and Presenter

Parents need all the help they can get raising happy, healthy, resilient children in a culture that too often knocks the life out of them. This easy-to-read book will help you help your child navigate the travails of life and develop essential life skills and protective traits to aid them into adulthood as confident, self-reliant and empathetic human beings.  
Melinda Tankard-Reist - Author, speaker, co-founder Collective Shout

Here’s what to do next…

For only $24.99 plus postage, you’ll receive my 224 page parenting book “Everyday Resilience: Helping Kids Handle Friendship Drama, Academic Pressure and the Self-Doubt of Growing Up.” 

All you have to do is click on the ‘ADD TO CART’ button below. This book is able to be posted anywhere in Australia and selected overseas countries.

As a SPECIAL OFFER, I’d like to give you a 10% discount when you use the
DISCOUNT CODE: ER10 at the checkout.

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This accompanying Journal is purpose built for tweens aged 8 - 12 years old. Inside you will find 48 strategies for life, beautiful illustrations and journal pages.

You are welcome to add this book to your cart, so your son or daughter can learn
about the same concepts as you are! Just apply the ER10 discount code for a 10% discount.

This journal is only available on my website, and not in bookstores.

For enquiries about BULK ORDERS for classrooms
please email admin@michellemitchell.org

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Michelle is an educator, author and award-winning speaker whose passion is to support families as they build resilience in young people. In 2000 Michelle left teaching and founded Youth Excel, a charity which supported thousands of young people with life skills education, mentoring and psychological services.  Michelle’s hands-on experience in the health and wellbeing sector have made her an engaging and sought after speaker. She lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and two teenagers.

Michelle Mitchell
Author, Speaker, Educator