Written by Sheila Snyder, former SDSU Extension Operation: Military Kids State Coordinator.
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a very informative training, paid for and presented by The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC.) The purpose of the training, entitled “Supporting Military Children through School Transitions: Foundations” was to assist and prepare educators and other professionals to recognize and address transition concerns that impact military children.
Several helpful resources were given to those in attendance, including a book published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The book, Building Resilience in Children and Teens, 2nd edition, was written by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. It is a very enlightening read and gives significant insights on the importance of helping kids learn to cope and navigate through the stressful times of their lives with a plan to assist them in building the 7 Crucial Cs of resilience: competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control. The 2nd edition even has a chapter on building community-based resilience.
Although some chapters are written with military families in mind, this book can be very useful for all children and teens.