Building Resilience in Children:  It’s Not a Choice BetweenHappiness, Play, and Success!    Bay Area Discovery Museum   Ce...
What should childhood      look like?
And . . . who is childhood           for???
The Importance of Play (andfree unscheduled time) in Promoting   Healthy Child (and adolescent)           Development
We are not against the forces that compete for children’s time.Rather, we seek the balance in children’s lives to create t...
Play is essential to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well- being of children and youth.Play offers an ideal ...
Play allows children to. . .• use creativity while developing  imagination, dexterity, physical,  cognitive and emotional ...
Undirected play          allows children to . . .•   work in groups,•   share,•   negotiate, to resolve conflicts,•   lear...
How do we define   success?
Do we have to make a choice   between success and        happiness?
How Does Play Build Success?
Play is integral to academics . . .• It assures the school setting attends to  social and emotional as well as  cognitive ...
Play is childhood’s inborn tool for         building resilience
Resilience• The Ability To Overcome Adversity• The Capacity to Bounce Back
Resilience is a Mindset
Resilience      is    NOTInvulnerability
Resilience              is             NOT       a character trait.It is affected by supports and         circumstances!!!
The Bottom Line• Young People will be more resilient if the  important adults in their lives believe in  them unconditiona...
The 7 C’s of ResilienceConfidenceCompetenceConnectionCharacterContributionCopingControl
How Does Play Build the Seven             C’s?ConfidenceCompetenceConnectionCharacterContributionCopingControl
Connection 101:
Does Play Contribute to    Connection??
Play offers parents an opportunity to:• observe or join child-driven play,• see the world through their child’s  vantage p...
Play offers parents an opportunity to:• use an alternative setting to offer gentle,  nurturing guidance,• gain a fuller un...
Connection 101 (cont’d):Perfectionism Prevention
What is perfectionism?And . . . why isn’t it a good thing?
Self LoathingFear of the B+Fear of the “D” WordNo Out-of-the-Box ThoughtThe death of creativityResents Constructive Feedback
“Just try your best” Victims of a toxic society What do we praise . . . or notice? Desire to spare us
Learning to Build a High             Achiever• Letting young people make their own  mistakes• Praising the process of tryi...
Not all perfectionists are         perfect
Is Downtime Wasted Time?Think of it as time to stew the creative juicesThink of it as the time to learn to make your own  ...
Childhood is the time to safely     make mistakes . . .    and learn to recover!!
Coping
Resilience• Is about learning to cope, in a positive  way with life’s inevitable stressors• We might do our greatest good ...
Relief                                   Relief                       Positive                       Coping               ...
Relief                                   Relief                       Positive                       Coping               ...
Coping  Engagement vs. DisengagementEmotion Focused vs. Problem Focused
Stress Management :      Tackling The Problem1) Making the problem manageable2) Active Avoidance3) Let Some things go
Serenity PrayerGrant me the serenity to accept  the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom...
Stress Management :    Taking Care of My Body4)Exercise (and play)      o Fear      o Anger
Stress Management :    Taking Care of My Body5)Relaxation6)Nutrition
Stress Management :     Taking Care of My Body7) Sleep           o Stimulation           o Cool Down                Exerci...
Stress Management :       Managing Emotions8) Instant Vacations9) Releasing Emotions
The Worst thing is not to bestressed . . . it is to be NUMB
Stress Management Plan :     Making the World Better10) Contributing to the world
We are not against the forces that compete for children’s time.Rather, we seek the balance in children’s lives to create t...
The Greatest Gift Parents   Can Give A Child
FosteringResilience.com
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The Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Creativity Forum advances the importance of cultivating creativity in children, and exemplifies how the Bay Area Discovery Museum is a critical resource for preparing children for the challenges of the 21st century. This year featured Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg on how creativity and resiliency are critical for preparing our children to thrive in an unpredictable world.

Previous event speakers have included entrepreneurship expert Tina Seelig, author Daniel Pink, Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist Steve Wozniak, and creativity in education leader Sir Ken Robinson. Funds raised from this event support the Museum’s educational programs and exhibitions and outreach to communities where the need for creative development is most acute.

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  • Our defense of play should not be interpreted as being against the forces that compete for children ’s time. Rather, we call for an inclusion of play as we seek the balance in children’s lives that will create the optimal developmental milieu to prepare our children to be academically, socially, and emotionally equipped to lead us into the future.
  • It ’s peer interactions are important components of social-emotional learning.
  • Our defense of play should not be interpreted as being against the forces that compete for children ’s time. Rather, we call for an inclusion of play as we seek the balance in children’s lives that will create the optimal developmental milieu to prepare our children to be academically, socially, and emotionally equipped to lead us into the future.
  • Creativity Forum 2013: Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S. Ed.

    1. 1. Building Resilience in Children: It’s Not a Choice BetweenHappiness, Play, and Success! Bay Area Discovery Museum Center for Childhood Creativity Ken Ginsburg MD, MS Ed The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    2. 2. What should childhood look like?
    3. 3. And . . . who is childhood for???
    4. 4. The Importance of Play (andfree unscheduled time) in Promoting Healthy Child (and adolescent) Development
    5. 5. We are not against the forces that compete for children’s time.Rather, we seek the balance in children’s lives to create the optimal developmental milieu
    6. 6. Play is essential to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well- being of children and youth.Play offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children
    7. 7. Play allows children to. . .• use creativity while developing imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive and emotional strength.• engage and interact in the world around them.• create and explore a world they can master, conquer their fears, and practice adult roles
    8. 8. Undirected play allows children to . . .• work in groups,• share,• negotiate, to resolve conflicts,• learn self-advocacy skills,• practice decision making skills,• discover their own areas of interest,• build active, healthy bodies.
    9. 9. How do we define success?
    10. 10. Do we have to make a choice between success and happiness?
    11. 11. How Does Play Build Success?
    12. 12. Play is integral to academics . . .• It assures the school setting attends to social and emotional as well as cognitive development.• It helps children adjust to the school setting and enhances learning readiness, learning behaviors, and problem-solving skills.
    13. 13. Play is childhood’s inborn tool for building resilience
    14. 14. Resilience• The Ability To Overcome Adversity• The Capacity to Bounce Back
    15. 15. Resilience is a Mindset
    16. 16. Resilience is NOTInvulnerability
    17. 17. Resilience is NOT a character trait.It is affected by supports and circumstances!!!
    18. 18. The Bottom Line• Young People will be more resilient if the important adults in their lives believe in them unconditionally and hold them to high expectations• Young People live up or down to the expectations we set for them
    19. 19. The 7 C’s of ResilienceConfidenceCompetenceConnectionCharacterContributionCopingControl
    20. 20. How Does Play Build the Seven C’s?ConfidenceCompetenceConnectionCharacterContributionCopingControl
    21. 21. Connection 101:
    22. 22. Does Play Contribute to Connection??
    23. 23. Play offers parents an opportunity to:• observe or join child-driven play,• see the world through their child’s vantage point,• communicate more effectively,
    24. 24. Play offers parents an opportunity to:• use an alternative setting to offer gentle, nurturing guidance,• gain a fuller understanding of a less verbal child’s perspective.
    25. 25. Connection 101 (cont’d):Perfectionism Prevention
    26. 26. What is perfectionism?And . . . why isn’t it a good thing?
    27. 27. Self LoathingFear of the B+Fear of the “D” WordNo Out-of-the-Box ThoughtThe death of creativityResents Constructive Feedback
    28. 28. “Just try your best” Victims of a toxic society What do we praise . . . or notice? Desire to spare us
    29. 29. Learning to Build a High Achiever• Letting young people make their own mistakes• Praising the process of trying, rather than just the results • And not over-praising . . .this is not self esteem!
    30. 30. Not all perfectionists are perfect
    31. 31. Is Downtime Wasted Time?Think of it as time to stew the creative juicesThink of it as the time to learn to make your own choicesThink of downtime as “pruning”
    32. 32. Childhood is the time to safely make mistakes . . . and learn to recover!!
    33. 33. Coping
    34. 34. Resilience• Is about learning to cope, in a positive way with life’s inevitable stressors• We might do our greatest good by raising youth with a wide repertoire of positive coping strategies
    35. 35. Relief Relief Positive Coping Strategies You FeelStress Discomfort Discomfort Awful!!! Negative Coping Strategies
    36. 36. Relief Relief Positive Coping Strategies You FeelStress Discomfort Discomfort Awful!!! Negative Coping Strategies
    37. 37. Coping Engagement vs. DisengagementEmotion Focused vs. Problem Focused
    38. 38. Stress Management : Tackling The Problem1) Making the problem manageable2) Active Avoidance3) Let Some things go
    39. 39. Serenity PrayerGrant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference
    40. 40. Stress Management : Taking Care of My Body4)Exercise (and play) o Fear o Anger
    41. 41. Stress Management : Taking Care of My Body5)Relaxation6)Nutrition
    42. 42. Stress Management : Taking Care of My Body7) Sleep o Stimulation o Cool Down Exercise Shower o Release emotion
    43. 43. Stress Management : Managing Emotions8) Instant Vacations9) Releasing Emotions
    44. 44. The Worst thing is not to bestressed . . . it is to be NUMB
    45. 45. Stress Management Plan : Making the World Better10) Contributing to the world
    46. 46. We are not against the forces that compete for children’s time.Rather, we seek the balance in children’s lives to create the optimal developmental milieu
    47. 47. The Greatest Gift Parents Can Give A Child
    48. 48. FosteringResilience.com

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