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It’s our responsibility as coaches and parents to help children develop their own process to overcom


When a child encounters an obstacle there are two paths to choose from. Avoid and flee or forge ahead and figure it out. When a child avoids difficulty it lays a track in the brain. When a child overcomes an obstacle that also lays a track in the brain. These choices build upon themselves and eventually become the operating system for a child.

It’s our responsibility as coaches and parents to help children develop their own process to overcome obstacles. One of the things we’ve learned at KidStrong is that the ability to view obstacles as opportunities is a mindset that we have to help children develop over time - rep after rep, day after day, challenge after challenge. This ability is like a muscle that gets stronger over time, and it’s another superpower in their tool belt.

The next time your child encounters an obstacle (that you know they can overcome) take the time to pause, help them process it (break it down), empower them (you can do this), and walk beside them as they face their fears. This will help them develop their own process for the next time they encounter difficulty.

At KidStrong we believe the most important gift we can give our children is the person we help them become. You can learn more at www.kidstrong.com.


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