How do we build resilient children who can handle life’s challenges? Parents often feel their role is to protect their children from the world: to cushion them when they fall, to lift them over obstacles, and to remove sharp rocks from their path. But controlling a child’s entire environment and keeping all pain at bay isn’t feasible. “The solution is not removing impediments from our children’s lives,” writes Krissy Pozatek, “it is compassionately encouraging them to be brave. You can’t prepare the world for your children, so instead you should focus on preparing your children for the world.”
This is Pozatek’s message in her new book, Brave Parenting: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children. And she’ll bring that message to Lyndon State College in a free lecture on Thursday, April 3.
According to Pozatek, “If kids face small hurdles, small pains, at a young age and learn to overcome these obstacles, they will be much better equipped to face larger trouble later in life. Early lessons in problem solving teach self-confidence and self-reliance—and show us that kids are tougher than we think.”
Pozatek has had fifteen years of experience in the wilderness therapy and adolescent treatment field and a graduate degree in clinical social work from both Smith College School for Social Work and at N.M. Highlands University. Her clinical experience includes the treatment of depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis, adoption issues, trauma, self-harming behavior, substance abuse, personality disorders, and family system problems. Pozatek draws her lessons from her experience guiding children in wilderness therapy and from her Buddhist practice.
She is the author of The Parallel Process: Growing Alongside Your Adolescent or Young Adult Child in Treatment and works as a parent coach with parents of struggling adolescents and young adults through her coaching practice. She also conducts parent workshops, seminars, lectures, and recently was a visiting professor at Middlebury College.
Pozatek will speak at 7 p.m. in the Rita Bole Community Room; the lecture is free and open to the public. This talk is part of Lyndon State’s Lecture and Arts series and is sponsored by Hayes Ford and Vermont Broadcast Associates. The series is made possible in part by the Harriet M. Sherman Lecture Fund.
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