Everyday Resilience Online Video Series
Everyday Resilience Online Video Series
Hi I’m Michelle Mitchell
If you want to build social resilience in your tween, this online video series is for you.
Maybe your child is enjoying strong friendships and you want to prepare them for the changes that come with high school. Maybe they are struggling socially and you want to support them better. Either way, this video series is my opportunity to speak directly to your child about the issues that impact their day to day life - their relationships.
One thing that many people don’t know about me is that I started my career as a Primary School teacher. In those early years I got to see first hand the daily challenges that young people faced as they navigated friendships. That is why I am so passionate about equipping young lives before they get to high school.
This new video series has been specifically designed to help young people (aged 8-12) develop healthy friendships and handle tricky friendship issues like meanness, gossip, saying ‘no’ and support friends going through a difficult time. You can watch this video series with your child or give it to them to look at in their own time.
This online series is ideally accompanied by the “Everyday Resilience Journal: A Tween’s Guide to Friendships, Schoolwork and Growing Up.” Available in the shop.
This online video series includes a series of ten animated video sessions that are 3-4 mins long each session. Each video session is jam packed full of concepts and strategies that young people can implement immediately.
Session 1: Meet Father Dave
This session uses a story about a boy named Dave to talk about what a good friend “looks like”, and how they can be a good friend, and also stick up for other people without creating enemies for themselves.
Session 2: Push Back with Truth
Meanness is something that all our children encounter. This session talks about the difference between pushing back with truth rather than pushing back with meanness. Sometimes strong words are important.
Session 3: Find Tricks to Combat Meanness
One size doesn’t fit all situations. Pushing back with truth is not the only strategy that young people can use to combat meanness. This session talks about five other strategies that need to be a part of their social toolbox.
Session 4: Handle Gossip Like a Pro
Gossip is when mean or untrue words are passed on to other people. This session talks about four ways to respond to gossip well, without correcting or directing peers or starting fights.
Session 5: Stand Alone
It takes a huge amount of courage to stand alone. However, we need to recognise that standing alone is an important part of growing up. Learning to enjoy your own company is a decision. Think of it like treading water. It is not ideal long term, but in the short term it can be a lifesaver.
Session 6: Handle Disappointments Well
Not being invited to a party or being put into a different classroom group than your friends are both things that are highly disappointing. Identifying the real and the ideal, looking ahead and asking yourself “what’s next” are all important skills to have in life.
Session 7: Welcome New People
Social cliques limit our children’s social experiences. We all miss out on great opportunities when we aren’t open to including or welcoming new people. This session gives young people tools to be friendly to “all”.
Session 8: Say No When You Need To
Sometimes people want to be friends with us more than we want to be friends with them. Sometimes people are making choices that we feel uncomfortable with. It takes practise to say ‘no’. This session helps young people understand that they can be friends with someone and say ‘no’ at the same time.
Session 9: Avoid Carrying Friend’s Problems Home
What do we do when our friends are going through a hard time? Good friends listen, but good friend’s shouldn’t carry their friend’s problems home. It takes a huge amount of maturity to do this. This session is designed to help kind children be kind to themselves while taking care of others.
Session 10: Celebrate Other People
Comparisons aren’t always a bad thing. Sometimes they give us accurate information about our strengths, weaknesses and character. This session uses a story about two girls to explain the importance of finding your own talents, and adding hard work to them in order to achieve dreams. It also talks about the importance of celebrating other people’s efforts.
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Author, Educator and Resilience Specialist
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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.
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.
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.
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