Two fundamental principles are at the root of resilience. First, a parent’s unconditional love is the most important force in a child’s life. Unconditional love, however, has to be coupled with high expectations for effort, character and morality. Second, a child will never learn life’s lessons if he is protected from experiencing them. But children need protection from challenges that can bring irreparable harm.
These fundamental principles are anything but simple. The challenge of parenting is how to apply these core principles in a complicated world. It doesn’t matter what we know to be right, what we wrestle with is how to do it. There are two questions with which we struggle as we consider how to build resilience in our children:
- How do I give my child the unconditional love needed to thrive while also holding him to the high expectations needed for success?
- How do I protect my child while letting her learn life’s lessons?
This book helps resolve the tension these two principles of resilience pose by offering the latest in research, a wide breadth of expert opinion, AND INPUT FROM OVER 500 TEENS! You will learn to balance these complex issues and offer your child the security she can only gain from you and the confidence she can only develop from experience. She will be more than resilient – she will be poised to THRIVE.
It introduces Lighthouse Parenting, rooted in the well established and evidence based principles of authoritative parenting.
Published in February 2015