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

Written for parents of both primary and high school aged children (6-17), this book has a special focus on school based issues. This book answers questions such as:

• 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 accompanied by the “Everyday Resilience Journal: A pre-teens guide to friendships, schoolwork and growing up” and “The Everyday Resilience Video Series” which is also available from the shop.

10 of my favourite pages

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

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 62. How to help your child bounce back from disappointments, such as 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 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 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.

what others 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

I have just about finishing reading this book and there are so many helpful suggestions which my family is benefiting already from.
Melissa Eastwell – Parent

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