The Resilience Workbook for Kids

The Resilience Workbook for Kids: Fun CBT Activities to Help You Bounce Back from Stress and Grow from Challenges 

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Everyone has their share of stress and challenges. However, the most important factor is how a person copes with life’s challenges. That’s where The Resilience Workbook for Kids can help. Inside this book, you’ll find science, strategies, and fun exercises (a whole toolkit) to help children cope with stress and rebound from adversity. In a world of uncertainty, with significant socio-economic unrest, 24-hour news cycles, physical and environmental health risks (including COVID-19), children need this book more than ever !

Fun and easy skills to help kids bounce back from stress and rebound from adversity.

As a parent, you want to protect your child from life’s difficulties. But this isn’t always possible. In order to face the uncertainty and inevitable setbacks of life with confidence, children need the right tools. The good news is that you can give them these tools. Designed for kids ages 7 to 12, this workbook provides actionable techniques to help kids cope with stress, manage powerful emotions, and grow through life’s challenges.

The Resilience Workbook for Kids offers engaging activities grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and positive psychology to help your child recover from difficult experiences. Your child will learn how to “make friends with” their emotions, focus on the things in life that make them happy, and connect with what really matters to them. Finally, your child will discover how helping others can make them feel good about themselves, so they can move beyond feelings like sadness, fear, and anger.

Resilience can help kids stay strong and recover from the psychological impact of stress. This workbook will help your child find the tools needed to build resilience in the face of stress, so they can bounce back even better.

Endorsements

It’s hard to be a kid today. Kids see more, know more, and do more today than ever before but some of what they see are bad examples, some of what they know is challenging to everyone, and some of what they do are what those bad examples encourage. This book is a practice field for good, showing children in a step-by-step way how to develop the flexible strength needed to prosper. If you love children, you will love the support for healthy growth this book provides. Highly recommended.

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, Originator and Co-Developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

This urgently needed workbook brilliantly engages young people to build their resilience skill-sets. They’ll be better prepared to handle life’s curveballs and to get the most out of life in joyful times. I love that this work honors emotions and teaches kids how to own them, process them, and even celebrate that they have them. Critically, The Resilience Workbook for Kids will also prepare you to be the kind of adult who can nurture young people in their resilience journey. I genuinely believe this wonderful toolkit will change lives!”

Kenneth R Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, Author: Building Resilience in Children and Teens Director: Center for Parent and Teen Communication (Parentandteen.com)

Resilience is more than a buzzword. It’s a critical component of our health and wellness because it allows us to weather and withstand life’s challenges big and small. The Resilience Workbook for Kids is a beautifully written, inclusive, engaging, fun, work-as-you go guide with relevant and sensitive examples that will help kids understand resilience and strengthen it within them. A timely must-read for kids, teens, and the adults who mentor, teach, and love them

Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult

Caren Baruch-Feldman and Rebecca Comizio have written a wonderful, science-based guide to help children manage their emotions and enhance their resilience. Authoritative, comprehensive and accessible, The Resilience Workbook for Kids is a gift.

Ethan Kross, Ph.D., Director, Self-Control and Emotion Laboratory Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan Professor of Management & Organizations, Ross School of Business

How do we help children build resilience? By giving them The Resilience Workbook for Kids! This brilliant guide is professional and practical, timely and timeless, warm and wise. Children need to build their resilience muscles; Caren Baruch-Feldman and Rebecca Comizio have written the book that will serve as the perfect gym.”

Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Psychologist and Best Selling Author of Untangled and Under Pressure

A fitness routine for emotions. A guide to beating stress. A roadmap to mental wellness. The Resilience Workbook for Kids is all of this wrapped into an exciting and engaging toolkit for young people facing emotional challenges. From introducing and teaching the science of resilience, all the way to practice and habit building, this book is a total wellness package.

Renee Jain, New York Times Bestselling Co-Author of Superpowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience; Founder of GoZen!

This terrific workbook is filled with tips and techniques to help kids develop their resilience. The activities and reflections allow kids to be deeply involved in learning about themselves in a fun way. This is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers and counsellors.

Lea Waters, Ph.D., author of ‘The Strength Switch: How the new science of strength-based parenting can help kids and teens can thrive.’

The Resilience Workbook for Kids is filled with tons of rich ideas and creative strategies to help children develop resilience. The ideas are presented in ways that will work both for children and for the adults who work with them. The graphics, puzzles, and interactive features are quite attractive and make pursuing resilience to be fun. I heartily recommend this book to educators, care givers, and kids!

Thomas R. Hoerr, Ph.D., Scholar in Residence at UM-St. Louis, led schools and has written many SEL books, including The Formative Five.

“This book is a much-needed guide to help children navigate the world today, a highly creative, engaging and enjoyable book for children, and one that can help all kids build their resilience.”

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., humanistic psych

The Resilience Workbook is a practical, kid-friendly book full of accessible and evidence-based activities for self-directed learning. It gives young people clear directions on why each skill is an important resilience skill and how they can learn, do and strengthen it. This workbook superbly achieves rigour in terms of the psychological constructs and research on which the activities are based and a format that will actively engage young people.

Resilience is more important than ever and I highly recommend this book to parents, teachers and to the young people in our lives.

Toni Noble, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University. Co-author of award-winning Bounce Back Wellbeing and Resilience Program, Pearson Education.

The Resilience Workbook for Kids is a sensitive, smart, practical guide to help kids develop stress hardiness. This is a volume I will recommend to all my patient families. Caren and Rebecca have compiled a practical guide to help kids learn about and develop a resilient mindset. The Resilience Workbook for Kids isn’t just for kids! Parents, educators and mental health professionals too can benefit from Caren and Rebecca’s wise guidance. Reasoned and reasonable in its approach, The Resilience Workbook for Kids is a must for all families, mental health professionals and educators seeking to guide and prepare children to navigate stressful times.

Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., ABPdN, Co-author of Raising Resilient Children and Tenacity in Children Clinical Director: Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center

I’ve praised Dr. Feldman’s growth mindset expertise in our parenting courses and now in her insightful new resilience workbook that I highly recommend for positive results.

Alexandra Eidens, Founder and Creator of Big Life Journal

This Workbook will be a valuable resource in promoting positive well-being and resilience among children. The authors have done a stellar job of taking central principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and “translating” them into concrete activities that are targeted and to the point, while also being engaging and fun . As importantly, the activities are to be done with a “special adult” rather than being simply assigned as homework; this will help to strengthen supportive relationships that form the bedrock of resilience, even as the children learn many useful tools for coping effectively with stress. The authors’ overall approach is that of prevention rather than providing interventions when adjustment problems have already set in, and the value of this proactive approach cannot be overstated, especially given the current times. Kudos and much appreciation to you both, Caren and Rebecca!

Suniya S. Luthar, Ph.D., Co--Founder and Chief Research Officer, Authentic Connections Professor Emerita, Columbia University's Teachers College

The more resilience you have, in more areas of your life, the better you are able to cope with life’s inevitable bumps and challenges. The captains at the helm of The Resilience Workbook for Kids, Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman and Rebecca Comizio, lead readers on a lively journey of learning and practicing skills that expand resilience. Each section focuses on building key skills through clear and engaging activities. Happy sailing!

Mary K. Alvord, Ph.D., psychologist and co-author of Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents and Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens.

With The Resilience Workbook, Caren and Rebecca provide parents, teachers, and clinicians with actionable research-based tools and activities you can use today to shift the resilience of a generation! The Resilience Workbook is your guide to helping children weather the STORM, right their ships, and sail into a future filled with hope, skillfulness, and success.

Actionable, Immediate, Resilience Building Strategies Children LOVE and Clinicians Value!

Lynne Kenney, PsyD, Pediatric Psychologist & International Educator, Wellington-Alexander Center, Scottsdale, Arizona

The Resilience Workbook,’ beautifully translates Neuroscience into evidence-based coping tools for Children, Parents, Educators and Allied Health Professionals to build strong, capable minds that are prepared for adversity. Caren and Rebecca, bring their combined knowledge, expertise and compassionate understanding of young people together, in this very practical, lively and engaging workbook that will become an asset to any school and home. Through hundreds of opportunities to ‘Learn,’ ‘Do ‘ and ‘Strengthen,’ resiliency skills, there will be no looking back for those who participate in this excellent program. A must read.

Madhavi Nawana Parker, Madhavi Nawana Parker Director, of Positive Minds Australia, Author, Counsellor and Speaker

The Grit Guide for Teens

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When the going gets tough, it’s time to get gritty. Written by a clinical-child and school psychologist and based in the latest research, The Grit Guide for Teens will help you build perseverance, resilience, self-control, and stamina.

As a teen, setting and reaching goals is an important part of growing up. Whether you want to do well in school, face your fears, make friends, excel in sports, or master the fine arts or music—you know you need to persevere in order to succeed. You’ve probably heard the term “grit” at school or from your parents, but what does it really mean?

Made popular by Angela Duckworth in her New York Times bestseller, the term “grit,” embodies all the characteristics that help people accomplish the things they want, such as self-control, tenacity, and the ability to fail well. Using the skills outlined in this book, you’ll develop both grit and a growth mind-set–a way of thinking that focuses on improvement and hard work in order to achieve any goal you set for yourself. You’ll learn how to make grit an everyday habit, turn disappointments into opportunities, embrace challenges, manage stress, and be the very best version of you that you can be.

As a psychologist I believe that grit isn’t something you have to be born with—it can be taught and learned! This book will give teens everything they need to get gritty and to develop skills that will last a lifetime.

Endorsements

As a 40 year veteran educator that has worked with Angela Duckworth since she was in graduate school I am pleased to endorse The Grit Guide for Teens. It is little wonder that Dr. Baruch-Feldman has such powerful insights into providing activities for teenagers to grow their grit. From her undergraduate work with Walter Mischel, to her training in cognitive behavior therapy, she is well suited for creating usable strategies that help young people to be their best selves. Baruch-Feldman incorporates strategies such as flow charts, goal setting, sentence completion; self-reflection and writing exercises that will engage teenagers and lead them to self-discovery and growth. She also understands the twenty first century learner and incorporates activities that will engage this population. The Grit Guide for Teens is an essential tool for educators, parents, and anyone seeking to better grasp and assist young people in their path to success.

David Meketon, School Research Liaison to Duckworth Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman has synthesized a masterful workbook that will prepare young people to thrive in both good and challenging times. There are so many books written for adults on how to shape teens. Finally, here is one written for youth in a respectful, understandable, ACTIONABLE, tone that inherently recognizes young people as the experts in their own lives who will take the reigns when offered the tools to become their best selves. BRAVO.

Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., MS Ed, Author, Building Resilience in Children and Teens and Raising Kids to Thrive

How to turn knowledge into skills and skills into life? How to fund and grab the knowledge you need when you need it? In The Grit Guide for Teens, Dr. Baruch-Feldman is funneling important information about grit and how to build it to adolescents, their parents and teachers. The Why, the What and the How of Grit is the scaffold for this important story about how to build a life of passion, persistence and purpose, developing skills that will help teens (and anyone) to navigate life in all its glory- chaos, opportunity, trouble and luck! In increasingly uncertain times, building a strong inner life and a healthy psychological core will help: The Grit Guide for Teens is gold!

Gabrielle Kelly, Director, Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Caren Baruch-Feldman does an excellent job of taking the latest research on grit and turning it into an accessible, user-friendly workbook for teens—the very people who can benefit most from a boost in grit and resilience.

Donna Stokes, Executive Editor, Live Happy Magazine

Teens today more than ever need to think long-term, persevere in the face of setbacks, and grow from their mistakes – Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman’s The Grit Guide for Teens provides a road map to help teens meet the challenges of today’s competitive world. The Grit Guide for Teens has taken the latest research in the fields of cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior change, and grit and made it accessible. This skills building approach will help teens learn to grow psychologically. St. John’s University and the The Albert Ellis Institute are proud to include Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman as one of their graduates. The Grit Guide for Teens is a must have for today’s teens and the individuals who care about them.

Ray DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at St. John's University, and a Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies; and Director of Professional Education at the Albert Ellis Institute

Today’s world is filled with stress and pressure—acutely felt by many teens. Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman has written a truly remarkable book for this age group that provides teens with many realistic, practical strategies for managing challenging situations and developing perseverance, grit, and resilience. Caren’s empathy for the world experienced by teens and her clinical acumen, warmth, and humor are apparent throughout this book. In addition, her on-line recommendations for parents and teachers to nurture grit in adolescents serve as a wonderful resource.

Robert Brooks, Ph.D., Faculty, Harvard Medical School , Co-author, Raising Resilient Children

Everywhere teens look, they are facing seeming catastrophes. This book is a much needed guide to navigate the tumultuous emotional waters of youth. Baruch-Feldman offers a highly creative, versatile conception of grit, one that can help teenagers step up to life and fully realize their possibilities!

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., Scientific director, The Imagination Institute, The University of Pennsylvania, Author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

The Grit Guide for Teens is a gift for adolescents and their parents! Caren Baruch-Feldman has written an essential survival guide for life! Easy to read and eminently helpful, high schools everywhere would do well to make this a life course!

Bob Ditter, M.Ed., LCSW, Child-Adolescent Therapist; National Camp Trainer and Consultant

Grit expert, Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman has created an engaging, interesting and helpful workbook for teens who want to transform their passions and talents into true skills. The Grit Guide for Teens seamlessly incorporates the current evidence base in positive psychology on grit, developing optimism, growth mindset, good habits, gratitude and self-control, and creates from it step by step instructions that make understanding the complex research behind the activities accessible and fun for teens to work through. Dr. Baruch-Feldman has taken years of study and professional experience and created pragmatic strategies delivered through warm, age-appropriate language with charts, graphs, and checklists to help teen readers understand and internalize the best of what the research has to teach them. As a school psychologist, I can see myself working through these chapters with my students, individually or in groups, to their great benefit. I look forward to counting on The Grit Guide for Teens to help my students learn invaluable lessons about themselves and growing their grit in order to achieve their goals.

Rebecca Comizio, M.A.-Ed, M.A., Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)

Just when you thought gritty kids were an endangered species, Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman delivers a concise and engaging guide to teenage happiness. That’s right, brooding and complaining are not the default teenage mindsets. Success comes from perseverance and Dr. Caren writes the ideal prescription. Drawing on scientific research without sounding stuffy for a second, Dr. Caren shares her winning formula through interviews with real teens, exercises for the reader, and goals that extend far beyond the pages of the workbook. Buy this book for every teen you know and watch inspiration turn to effort, skill, and achievement!

Christopher Thurber, Ph.D., ABPP, Psychologist at Phillips Exeter Academy, Author of The Summer Camp Handbook, Co-Founder of ExpertOnlineTraining.com

Persistence-perseverance-grit: From my perspective it is when purpose and practice transform desire into accomplishment.
Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman has created an excellent work book that can help every young person become more skilled and focused and every educator and parent more intentional and motivated.

Gil Noam, Ed.D., Ph.D., Faculty Harvard Medical School and, Founder and Director of the PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience at Harvard

The Grit Guide for Teens is fabulous. This inspirational guide provides very practical and accessible information and activities for teens that is underpinned by rigorous up-to-date psychological research. The book provides a sound evidence base for what works best to facilitate teens’ psychological well-being and resilience. The step by step strategies will make it easy for teens to apply these important life concepts in their own lives and are written in a style that will appeal to both teens and adults.

Toni Noble, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Institute for Positive Psychology & Education, Australian Catholic University, Co-author Bounce Back! A Wellbeing & Resilience Program for K-Middle School. Pearson Education

Dr. Baruch-Feldman has packed a lot of research, worksheets and practical information into this important and timely book. Research shows that grit is considered the key to success, and having this workbook during the formative teen years could positively impact the rest of a person’s life.

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, Author of Creating Your Best Life, Getting Grit, and My Name is Caroline

Success, however we define it, requires the ability to persist when the going gets tough. So does overcoming almost any kind of adversity. The Grit Guide for Teens is easy to read and shows you how to become more persistent, successful and resilient with whatever you set out to do in life.

Mark Bertin, M.D., Developmental Pediatrics, Author of Mindful Parenting for ADHD and How Children Thrive

As high school educators, we have always been interested in our students’ investment in their learning and not just in the quality of their work output. We speak often about grit as an integral habit of mind, but we are never quite certain how to instill and inspire it within our students. Dr. Baruch-Feldman has given teenagers and those of us charged to work with them an invaluable and accessible tool with which we might all self reflect and grow. The Grit Guide for Teens is a breakthrough.

Mark Shinar, Ed. D., Director of General Studies, SAR High School

Significantly beneficial for helping teens develop “true grit.” Caren Baruch-Feldman offers step by step instructions with easy to understand activities that will help our generation of adolescents who struggle with “stick-to- itiveness.”

Marcella Moran, LMHC, Co-author of Organizing the Disorganized Child

The Grit Guide for Teens is a comprehensive, exciting, and most importantly fun guide for young people to develop their resilience skills in the face of an ever growing stressful and anxiety ridden world. Caren, through talking with teens and delving deep into current research into grit and positive psychology, speaks to teenagers at their level, engaging them in their language and interests. I would highly recommend this book to any teen that crosses my path.

Elizabeth Wright, Paralympic Medalist and co-founder of character education programme Resilience Wellbeing Success

A must-have for teens and their parents… Simple, elegant, scientifically-proven and practical.

Braco Pobric, Author of Habits and Happiness: How to Become Happier and Improve Your Wellbeing by Changing Your Habits

As a teen coming out of high school, this book is absolutely a must read! Working on it with Dr. Baruch-Feldman has not only taught me about grit but more about myself than I could have ever imagined. For any teen with any struggle, it is the ultimate recipe for success – with tools for conquering common obstacles like self- control, pessimism and giving up – this book is truly life changing!

Kira Cohen and Katie Parker, Recent Graduates from SAR High School