xviii INTRODUCTION and parenting organizations to begin their debriefs or meetings with videos to initiate or serve as focal points of discussion. Further, this vitally important message of building youth resilience can now reach people whose learning style is better suited for watching or listening than reading. It also allows ideas to be offered in “snackable” portions to spouses and teens who may not be able to invest the time and energy in reading a work as comprehensive as Building Resilience. Finally, Building Resilience can serve as a companion to the comprehen- sive body of work prepared for professionals, Reaching Teens: Strength-Based, Trauma-Sensitive, Resilience-Building Communication Strategies Rooted in Positive Youth Development, 2nd Edition. This multimedia work helps profes- sionals apply the best of what is known from the positive youth development, resilience, and trauma-informed movements. It has 95 chapters and more than 400 videos and offers continuing education credits. It offers tailored experiences for educators, foster care parents and professionals, health care professionals, and youth-serving professionals who work in juvenile justice or substance use settings. Schools, health practices, and youth programs through- out the nation are using it. Building Resilience allows parents and other caring adults to easily get on the same page as professionals to create the kind of part- nerships that best serve youth. If we all work together as parents, schools, communities, and policy mak- ers to nurture our children today, they will become the strong, compassionate, creative adults we need tomorrow. Using This Book I hope you think about the ideas on these pages, try them on for size, and see how they fit your individual children, depending on each one’s character, temperament, likes and dislikes, and strengths and opportunities for growth. I hope you return to this book as your children grow because examples apply to different stages of development. You’ll also probably need to go back from time to time to review skills and adapt guidelines as your child backslides or moves to a new developmental milestone. Kids need ongoing support—not nagging, lecturing, or criticism, but gentle reinforcement and practice. Like developing a good jump shot or mastering a musical instrument, skill-building takes time, practice, and patience. You’ll also discover (although you probably already know it) that children mature in fits and starts. Whenever an important, new situation is about to occur, such as entering a new school, moving to a different community, or BuildingResilience4e.indb 18 3/5/20 2:02 PM
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