Does your parenting style teach resilience to your children? Do your kids have the strength and determination to bounce back after setbacks? If not, listen to our parenting expert and author of The Resilience Formula, Dr. Donna Volpitta, as she shares the story of Chris.
The Story of Chris and Mental Toughness ~
Chris Waddell was a promising your skier back in 1988 when he was a freshman at Middlebury College. Good looking and popular, he had everything going for him. But on the first day of Christmas vacation that year, Chris went skiing, and his ski popped off. The ensuing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.
How did Chris handle this tough and totally unexpected challenge, something that might overwhelm most people?
With determination and resolve! Chris was determined to get back on the slopes, and it was only about a year later that he began skiing on a mono-ski. A little more than two years later, Chris was named to the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.
Chris went on to become the most decorated male skier in the history of the Paralympic Games, winning twelve medals over four games and spending a total of eleven years on the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.
To top it off, Chris became the first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, an event that was documented in an award-winning film, One Revolution. What is Chris doing today? He is touring and lecturing with the film and Nametags, his student outreach educational program about resilience.
"It's not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you."
How was Chris able to do all that he did? Why did he not quit when he had a traumatic accident that might sink many people?
Parenting for Resilience
Chris attributes his resilience to his parents' parenting style. He says that when he was young, his parents let him experience failure, but also supported him through it. He loves to tell the story of his experiences skiing on a ski team: for a year and a half, he never finished a race. Many times he came home wanting to quit, but his parents helped him get back out there and try again. So when he had the accident that left him a paraplegic, quitting was not an option.
Can All Parents Teach Resilience?
Is this the kind of resilience something that all of us parents can teach to our kids? The answer is, "Yes!" In fact, resilience is something that parents can teach everyday through the way that they interact with their children in the face of any type of challenge.
This excerpt is from pages 17-18.
Raising resilient children strengthens them to become successful people. Dr. Donna Volpitta's book shows you how to encourage your kids to bounce back from setbacks and become all they can be.
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Let's give Dr. Donna the PRAISE she deserves for her work on Resilience and for bringing it to parents everywhere.
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