Resilience in Kids: Religious Programs

We want our kids to make good choices, the choices they are faced with when we are not around.  We want that for our kids, yet so many kids have no faith-based examples to follow in their lives.  Today I want to say that participation in Religious Programs or faith-based programs adds resilience to kids.  They help to create exactly the kind of young person that we hope for our kids.  The teaching benefits the kids when we are not around as adults, but the kids are also around other great kids.  The kids who participate in religious programs want to do well, fully participate in school and have high goals and achievements for their lives.  These programs include activities, games, teachings, discussions about life and difficulties that kids are facing, and many fun community events and trips.

I encourage our parents today to find an excellent faith-based organization that fits their families’ beliefs and starts by getting your child involved with other great kids.  We know that there isn’t any guarantee that all the kids are great kids who make good choices; there isn’t such a place.  But the kids involved with faith-based organizations are an excellent start for the selection of solid kids.  Many religious programs have student groups with an open approach to religion.  Student groups allow kids to learn about their beliefs and develop their faith as they see fit.

Some student groups, taught by people from the community, allow for another perspective on living successfully.  In my own experience, I was a part of a Sunday school group led by a psychologist from the community.  I learned a great deal from him on how to negotiate many difficulties in my life.  I still use much of that teaching today.

I have written an accompanying blog on The Role of Families and Teens at The Role of Families and Teens — THE KIDS SUCCESS

For more information on Resilience, please see Psychology Today’s article at Resilience | Psychology Today

I encourage our parents to explore this resilience-building asset with their kids, and I think you will find that stable character traits begin to develop.

Yours for Better Parenting,