We Can with Resilience

Posted by Brenda Yoho
Lead with Two Rules: Feeling Good & Feeling Safe by Brenda Yoho
Be part of the problem or part of the solution, the choice is always yours to make.


Resilience is not just a buzzword; it's a vital component of a child's ability to navigate life's challenges. In recent years, it has garnered significant attention as researchers delve into its importance in shaping a child's mental health and overall well-being. As educators, parents, and community members, we play a pivotal role in fostering resilience in our children, providing them with the tools they need to thrive in the face of adversity.

In the pursuit of understanding and nurturing resilience, resources such as the twelve childhood resilience factors outlined in Chapter 4, serve as invaluable guides. This chapter underscores the significance of building a supportive culture and climate within homes, schools, and communities. It emphasizes the crucial role of trusted adults and accessible resources in empowering children to overcome challenges and develop resilience.

Each of us is an integral part of the support system that contributes to a child's resilience. Whether we are educators, parents, or community members, we have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children every day. By fostering trusting relationships and creating inclusive environments where every individual feels valued and supported, we can help children navigate trauma and adversity with resilience and strength.

Think about all of the people you encounter in a day and the ways you can approach the interaction in a more meaningful way. Trusting relationships with students are a pathway to healing and sometimes even survival for students who have experienced trauma. For many students in your building, trauma will not be a past experience. They will be in the midst of trauma that is with them every day.

We Can

What I would like all of us to work together to do right now is three things to help our homes, schools, and communities to begin to “Feel Good & Feel Safe.”

  • Children/Adults have people to look up to.
  • Children/Adults feel like they belong.
  • Children/Adults know where to go to get help.

I suggest prioritizing three key areas to make a meaningful impact. Trying to tackle more or fewer often leads to ineffectiveness. Especially now, it's crucial to offer positive role models who exemplify how, what, and why change is necessary. We must cultivate inclusive environments where everyone feels valued and belongs. It's essential to address challenges with tangible actions, not just words, and ensure accessible support systems for those in need.

Let me clarify an essential aspect of our blueprint's intentions. We're not fostering individuals who succumb to victimhood, make excuses, or seek others to solve their problems. I've crafted this blueprint from my personal journey of choosing resilience over victimhood, emphasizing proactive responses over reactive ones. When faced with setbacks, we rise stronger, gaining insight and confidence. I emphasize the significance of our choices and the accountability we bear for them.

We cannot control things that happen to us, but we can control how we respond. We choose daily.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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