Everyday Resilience: Helping kids handle friendship drama, academic pressure and the self-doubt of growing up
“A timely, excellent read for those who live with or work with children.” Maggie Dent – Author, educator and resilience specialist.
The way our children handle ‘small knocks’ is crucial, as it will be the foundation for much bigger things. Parents are wise to see each small knock as a teachable moment that has long-term significance. We can’t dismiss or understate our child’s daily experiences.
Our children can ‘have it all’ and still be ill-prepared to handle life’s challenges. Despite the posters on our school’s walls and the endless research on resilience, there has been a significant rise in mental illness over the past five years. For many of our young ones, resilience is much easier to talk about than put into practise.
In this book Michelle shows every family how they can cultivate resilience in their children or adolescents by focussing on 7 key traits – courage, gratitude, empathy, self-awareness, responsibility, self-care and contribution. She answers questions like,
* How can I help my child be more confident?
* What do I say when my child is rejected by friends?
* How do I help a child who is struggling academically?
* What do I say when my child says, “I can’t”?
* How do I help an anxious or shy child find their voice?
* What can I do to help them discover their potential?
As a teacher, and founder of Youth Excel, Michelle has witnessed first-hand what works. Using every day scenarios and how-to actions, Michelle explains resilience in a way that will relate to every family. Her practical tone, humour and hands on experience provide every parent with tools to nurture strength in young lives.
About the author
Michelle Mitchell is an author, award-winning speaker and educator who has presented to over 200 000 people in her career to date.
Michelle started her career as a primary school teacher. Her passion for life skills education very quickly led her to specialise in the health and wellbeing sector. In 2000 Michelle left teaching and founded a charity, Youth Excel that delivered small group support programs for girls ‘at risk’.
For the next 18 years Youth Excel continued to grow and expand until it serviced over 50 schools 120 families each week with psychological, counselling and mentoring services. Her work extended to the Department of Child Safety as well as numerous alternative learning centres. Michelle’s multidisciplinary team delivered individual and small group therapy and holiday programs to young people aged 6 – 18.
Michelle became well known for successful outcomes with teenagers who did not flourish under more traditional forms for therapy. As a result, she had the privilege of working alongside of psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists to help young people and their families overcome significant challenges.
Michelle’ work has been featured on The Today Show, Today Tonight and Channel 10 Morning News, as well as countless print media including The Age, The Courier Mail and Dolly magazine. She is a regular contributor to Get Ahead Kids, Prime Time Radio and 96.5fm. It is endorsed by leading parenting experts such as Maggie Dent, Dr Justin Coulson, Sharon Witt and Collett Smart.
Michelle is also a speaker who presents to parents, students and professionals in schools and educational conferences including Generation Next, No to Bullying and The Resilient Kids Conference. As a speaker, Michelle is down to earth, energetic and passionate. She was recently awarded Inspirational Speaker 2013 by the state government.
As an author, Michelle has incorporated years of grassroots experience into her book, “What Teenage Girls Don’t Tell their Parents”, “Parenting Teenage Girls in the Age of a New Normal”, “SELF-HARM: Why Teens Do It and What Parents Can Do to Help” and “Everyday Resilience: Helping Kids Handle Friendship Drama, Academic Pressure and the Self-Doubt of Growing Up.” Michelle has also authored a series of five life skills programs utilised by schools nationwide.
Michelle’s honest and hope-filled approach has seen her help countless teenagers transition successfully into adulthood. She is a registered teacher and lives with her husband and two teenagers, in Brisbane, Australia.