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A number of parents and educators recently finished the first Bounce Back and Thrive resiliency training for parents.  Parents and educators learned together in a fun interactive program delivered through information exchange, hands-on activities, video clips of parents and children demonstrating resilience-building strategies, discussion and skills practice.

 

Bounce Back & Thrive! (BBT) is a 10-week evolving evidence-based resiliency skills training program for parents with children under 8 years. BBT skills help parents help their children build the resilience necessary to handle life’s inevitable bumps in the road and make use of opportunities to grow and learn.

Part 1 focuses on enhancing parents’ capacity to provide a caring relationship and role model skills that build resilience in their daily interactions with their children. Content includes:

  • Exploring why caring relationships, positive role models and a strength-based approach help build resilience in young children
  • Building self-regulation skills to enhance emotional regulation, impulse control and capacity for reflection about reactions to stressful circumstances
  • Learning key thinking skills including:
    • ·§ a user-friendly method to understand how thoughts cause reactions that either help or hinder

      a resilient response to situations

    • ·§ techniques to identify non-resilient “thinking habits” and deeply rooted beliefs that cause relationship difficulties and block an effective response to opportunities
    • ·§ techniques to develop flexible thinking and find alternative ways to respond to conflict, problems and stress

      Part 2 helps parents apply behavior guidance and resiliency-building strategies directly with their children. Content includes:

    • Using empathy to build close relationships and help children develop emotional literacy skills.
    • Helping children develop a “Can Do” view through mastery opportunities, encouragement and

      confidence-building approaches.

    • Building an environment of “positivity” to enhance children’s capacity to maintain hope and optimism. 




 

 

 

 

 

 

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