Looking into the face of your newborn is one of the most mesmerizing experiences a parent can have, even when it’s number two, three or four.
There’s nothing that surpasses it! Unless, it’s watching them walk up to receive their diploma 18 years later.
The fear of every parent when a new baby comes into their lives is that they won’t measure up to the challenge and be able to provide the kind of life that develops kids capable of being strong, competent adults. How well I remember, even though those years were long ago, and I now watch grandchildren move into the adult world.
Looking back and reflecting on qualities that truly make a difference, I feel there are some that stand out as essential. One of those is RESILIENCE – defined in Raising Resilient Children by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein as the ability to have inner strength to deal competently and successfully with challenges and demands. It is a quality every parent hopes his or her child develops; however, it is one that doesn’t happen automatically.