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by George S. Everly

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This book focuses on the ABCs -- Actions, Beliefs and Code -- that we can teach our children to be resilient ("the acquired immunity against disabling stress"). After reading the introduction, and looking at myself, these are lessons that we could teach ourselves too.

This book is written in the style of Covey's Seven Habits, but shorter. It is not a quick read because you need to reflect over each section and do the homework for it to be truly effective. ( )
  force | Mar 1, 2010 |
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The Resilient Child is full of practical, easy to implement strategies for helping your child to become resilient, responsible and, ultimately, happy.

Unlike some child rearing books that take an unbelievable amount of practice to master, the strategies in this book are based on common sense and may be implemented easily.

This is a great reminder that we,as parents, have the ability to teach essential, positive life skills in our children just by our actions and reactions to daily situations.

Highly recommended! ( )
  CozyLover | Feb 10, 2009 |
While children in America are drowning in well-meaning but totally inadequate educational and support systems, Dr. George Everly is throwing their parents a life-line. Resiliency is a key to developing successful relationships, decision making skills, physiologic health, moral integrity, and life satisfaction, and Dr. Everly has written a brief, easy to understand volume showing parents how they can foster this trait within their children's developing characters.
The book is divided into three sections: one on actions, one on beliefs, and one on integrity. These make up Dr. Everly's "A-B-Cs" of resiliency. The lessons covered include interpersonal support systems; decision making; responsibility; physical health; optimism in the face of adversity; faith; and morailty and integrity. Each lesson is fairly intensively considered for such a slim volume. None of the writings on faith or morality assume any particular religious or other belief system, but rather stand on the ground of assuming the reader parent has some personal set of beliefs which include standards of ethics and morals.
I believe that this book is much needed in the parenting and educational world of today's America, and I'm grateful to have found it so well-written and comprehensive. Put aside the old ideas of instilling self-absorption and self-value which have left our children searching for a work- and achievement ethic, and instead consider instilling in them a sense of personal value based on responsibility and integrity. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a way to enhance their parenting or teaching to help our children grow to become tomorrow's hardworking, confident leaders, more concerned with responsibility and rights than with entitlements. ( )
  LeesyLou | Oct 16, 2008 |
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Overall a pretty interesting book. The premise, that your children will have better lives if you can cut down on stress, is quite agreeable. Some of the practical suggestions will fit your family; some won't. It's worth looking into nonetheless.
  ojchase | Sep 24, 2008 |
The author, Dr. George Everly, has a background in stress management, his co-author, Slane Brown, specializes in translating psychology lingo to plain language for the general public. Their combined efforts give the reader seven lessons on how to teach resiliency to children using Actions, Beliefs and Codes. Actions include lessons about friendship and support, courage, responsibility and self-investment. Beliefs include lessons about optimism and faith. The Codes section is about following a moral compass. Included in each section are examples from research, as well as personal stories. Each chapter gives 'homework' with assignments to apply the lesson is real life. The ease of reading this book will be appreciated by busy parents, the book is clear, and logical with easy to understand applications. I would recommend this book to parents but also to teachers, grandparents and others with the opportunity to offer children some very valuable life lessons. The Readers Copy did not include an index or a bibliography. ( )
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For years, Dr. George Everly’s clinical practice has focused on helping adults recover from the physical and mental illnesses caused by excessive stress. He concluded that such treatment would not have been necessary if they had been taught to better manage stress early in life. Unlike many books on this subject, this one does not promote stress reduction techniques as such. Instead, it presents seven pillars on which a stress-resilient life may be built. Dr. Everly explains that resisting stress and rebounding are based on strength of character; strength of character is resiliency; and resiliency is based on seven core life lessons that parents can teach their children. Essential actions, beliefs, and codes that shape true resiliency in the face of challenges can — if learned early enough — prevent debilitating stress. Dr. Everly persuasively frames his approach as an “acquired immunity” to the effects of stress in areas from health to relationships and careers.

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