A Thriving Mind is a very practical guide to developing resilience, and positivity in young children, to prepare them for the challenges of life. It supports parents, teachers, mentors, coaches, and anyone working with young children, aged 2-8 years, in understanding and developing mental toughness, through exploring different dimensions of parenting.
The book contains a variety of very accessible, practical tools and development suggestions to support you in understanding and developing self-awareness, for yourself and your child. In conjunction with the remarkably well evidenced mental toughness concept, which explores how individual’s respond to events mentally, that (usually invisible) aspect of our personality.
The book addresses the issues commonly reported by parents, as being areas of concern or challenge in terms of understanding and supporting their children. These include dealing with children’s attitudes, psychological safety and emotional well-being, behaviours, peer relationships, co-regulation and escalation, as well as dealing with trauma, adversity and loss. It also responds to a demand from more enlightened educators, committed to providing a more holistic education, to those in their charge.
The contributing authors have brought together, their vast array of expertise and knowledge of early years development, to facilitate the learning and growth of parents, teachers and the like. Here we bring together their views, to present how these areas of concern relate to mental toughness, as well as how understanding your mental toughness as a parent, and your child’s, can help in addressing some of these issues.