– A Parent’s Guide to Building Children’s Resilience using Positive Psychology Skills
As parents, we have a unique opportunity to nurture our children’s resilience, mental health and wellbeing. It’s reassuring to know that the field of Positive Psychology, which is the science of well-being, can provide us with an evidence-based framework to help to guide us on this journey.
Braver than you Believe is a timely and practical resource for parents on how to equip children with skills and strategies to help them to flourish and thrive in life, despite the inevitable challenges, difficulties and obstacles that will come their way. In doing so, parents can lay the groundwork for children to reach their full potential and to blossom into happy, fulfilled adults.
Written by Fiona Forman, author of the popular international educational programmes Welcome to Well-Being and Wired for Well-Being and co-author of Weaving Well-Being, Braver than you Believe explores 6 specific skills which parents can foster in children to help them to feel confident, brave, resilient and strong.
Drawing from her own personal experience, both as a mother and from working with children for over 30 years, Fiona shares practical suggestions for developing vital skills such as emotional regulation, helpful thinking and self-compassion, all grounded in a loving, supportive parent-child relationship.
The book also stresses the importance of self-care and of utilising the skills on a personal level as a starting point to help you to thrive in your own unique parenting journey.
The book has an accompanying Digital Companion Page that contains supplementary activities for each chapter including the meditation below. Listen to this Stop and Drop meditation by author Fiona Forman with your child any time you need to make some space for calmness in your busy day. Click on the image below to hear the meditation.
Being a parent in the modern world is so complex, that we need to have resources like this to help us to navigate through it… as well as providing the reader with a contextual understanding of children’s brains and minds, the book has a plentiful supply of practical advice and tips on how to support your child – a really useful resource for parents.
– Dr. Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist
About the Author:
Fiona Forman is an author, speaker, facilitator and trainer in the area of well-being and Positive Psychology. Having spent many years as a primary school teacher, she is absolutely passionate about placing well-being at the heart of school life and she has seen first-hand the great benefits of empowering children, teachers and parents to understand, value and enhance their own mental health. Fiona holds an M. Sc. in Applied Positive Psychology, the science of well-being, from the University of East London. She is the co-author of Weaving Well-Being, a positive mental health programme for primary school children (ages: 7-12) that is now in use in the majority of primary schools in Ireland as well as being licensed by Outside The Box Learning Resources to overseas educational publishers for use in the schools in their countries. Fiona has recently had her own well-being programme for secondary schools published. This is called Wired for Well-Being and is suitable for children aged 12-15. She has also had her Welcome to Well-Being programme published which is suitable for children aged 5 to 7+.