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How to Make Kids More Resilient by not Bubblewrapping Them

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Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts

3 Cromer Ave

Grand Falls - Windsor, NL A2A1W9

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Sunday Night Presentation for General Public:

The Risk-Taker’s Advantage: How to Make Kids More Resilient by not Bubblewrapping Them

As both a family therapist and a world-renowned researcher on resilience, Michael Ungar has noticed that many families and schools have become so overprotective that children never have a chance to develop the normal coping strategies children need for independent lives. Though the stats tell us that children today are safer than ever before in history, parents are failing to give them what Michael has called ‘the risk-taker’s advantage.’

The results are a generation of bubblewrapped kids with anxiety disorders, an inflated sense of entitlement, or misguided efforts to find their own rites of passage into adulthood, often with catastrophic results. Based on his best-selling book, Too Safe For Their Own Good, Michael shows us how to help families and schools stop being overprotective and provide kids with what they need to grow up well.

You can expect:

  • A very amusing, and at times, shocking presentation that debunks the myth of the dangerous middle-class community.

  • To hear practical ways therapist can help families and schools reconsider their children’s developmental needs and offer them more risk and responsibility.

  • To laugh and be inspired by stories of schools and communities that have helped parents give their children the risk-taker’s advantage.


About the Presenter:

Michael Ungar, Ph.D.

Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience

Director, Resilience Research Centre

Network Director, Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network (A Networks of

Centres of Excellence)

AAMFT Clinical Supervisor

Registered Social Worker

http://www.michaelungar.com/

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