I have just read a fascinating article by Maya Angelou re resilience in kids. Maya had a very unusual childhood with lots of difficulties to overcome. She is certainly well qualified to give advice on resilience. The interview I was reading appeared on the DailyGood blog.
Resilience is a word that is bandied around in our current world. Often I wonder what resilience means? I wonder if my kids are resilient? What does it really look like? The quote I have chosen does not answer these questions specifically. It really speaks what we all know, but find so hard – we need to be careful what we say and how we listen to the precious kids in our lives.
The word schools can (I think) be easily substituted for parents, carers and adults.
“If you could leave our readers with one thought about how schools can best support kids and foster resilience, what would it be?
I would ask the teacher to be sure that this is the program—this is the job—that he or she is called to do. Don’t just teach because that’s all you can do. Teach because it’s your calling. And once you realize that, you have a responsibility to the young people. And it’s not a responsibility to teach them by rote and by threat and even by promise. Your responsibility is to care about what you’re saying to them, to care about what they’re getting from what you’re saying. If you care about the child and care about the information, you’ll handle both with care, and maybe with prayer. Handle them both with prayer.”
And, an unrelated quote from her, just because I can …..
The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
– Maya Angelou –