Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children

Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children

by Christopher Willard PsyD


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In every spiritual tradition, we find teachings on the virtues and qualities that we most want to pass on to our kids—such as generosity, kindness, honesty, determination, and patience. Today, a growing body of research from neuroscience and social psychology supports these teachings, offering insights into cultivating these virtues in ourselves and in our families. Raising Resilience is a practical guide for parents and educators of children from preschool through adolescence, detailing ten universal principles for happy families and thriving children.

Bridging the latest science with Eastern wisdom to explore ourselves and share with our children, Dr. Christopher Willard offers a wealth of teachings on:

• Getting through Giving—the many types of generosity we can model for kids, and the fascinating new findings on the power of giving

• Why Doing the Right Thing Is the Right Thing to Do—living in harmony with oneself, one’s family, and one’s community

• Less is More Parenting—how letting go of what’s no longer necessary creates space, freedom, and the possibility for something new

• Building a Wiser Brain—three types of wisdom and how to steer kids’ "under-construction" minds toward wise action

• Even the Buddha Had Helicopter Parents—releasing anxiety about over- or under-parenting and the desire for the "perfect" family

• The Buddha and the Marshmallow—patience in spirituality and science, including practices to strengthen patience in yourself and your children

• What Sets Us Free—how truthfulness and honest behavior create safety and freedom for everyone

• Growing Up with a Grit and Growth Mindset—the best ways to encourage resilience and determination through reinforcing and rewarding the "growth mindset"

• The Kindness Contagion—cultivating lovingkindness, compassion, and empathy

• Finding Balance in a Broken World and Staying Steady through the Stress—how to abide life’s inevitable ups and downs through the attitude of equanimity

"The practices in this book ultimately come together to help us build thriving, happy, and resilient families and communities, regardless of how we categorize them," writes Dr. Willard. Raising Resilience is an accessible resource to help each one of us and our family members, "evolve and grow into our best selves."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622038671
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,213,301
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Christopher WillardCHRISTOPHER WILLARD, PSYD, is a clinical psychologist and consultant specializing in bringing mindfulness into education and psychotherapy. The author of Child’s Mind (Parallax, 2010) and other books on the topic, Dr. Willard lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and teaches at Harvard Medical School and Lesley University. For more, visit drchristopherwillard.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Off the Cushion 1

Chapter 1 Getting through Giving (Raising Generosity-Dana) 7

Chapter 2 Why Doing the Right Thing Is the Right Thing to Do (Raising Ethics-Sila) 27

Chapter 3 Less Is More Patenting (Raising Renunciation-Nekkhamma) 53

Chapter 4 Building a Wiser Brain (Raising Wisdom-Panna) 69

Chapter 5 Even the Buddha Had Helicopter Parents (Raising Energy-Viriya) 85

Chapter 6 The Buddha and the Marshmallow (Raising Patience-Khanti) 107

Chapter 7 What Sets Us Free (Raising Truthfulness-Sacca) 121

Chapter 8 Growing Up with a Grit and Growth Mindset (Raising Determination-Adhitthana) 135

Chapter 9 The Kindness Contagion (Raising Lovingkindness-Metta) 151

Chapter 10 Finding Balance in a Broken World and Staying Steady through the Stress (Raising Equanimity-Upekkha) 171

Conclusion Putting It All Together 183

Notes 187

Acknowledgments 203

About the Author 205

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