There are so many influences on kids these days. They are pulled in so many directions. This has always been true. The influences might change, but the fact that outside influences pull at kids is consistent.
In the 1950’s, resilience research started to emerge. It came about because some researchers who were looking at societal ills noticed that some people managed to navigate the same difficulties, and move into normal adulthood.
Once they had examined the societal problems, some researchers turned to the resilient people. They wanted to know why the same problems did not cause the same outcome.
Several factors emerged. One factor is the basis of our discussion today. It is the single, biggest influence on children — and is an essential factor in learning to thrive.
(Here’s a hint — you are a lot closer to it than you think!)