Thinking back to when you were a kid, do you remember telling your parents that you were bored and only to be told to occupy yourself?
Research has found that children are less resilient than previously, with evidence suggesting they are losing their problem-solving skills.
For some experts, this is compounded by well-intentioned parents who often solve problems for their children rather than allowing them to struggle and encounter adversity.
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So, do most kids have a resilience problem? How can we tackle this issue at school and home? What measures do we need to ensure the next generation can resolve issues independently?
In today’s episode of THIS ARVO IN SYDNEY, host Sacha Barbour Gatt and LiSTNR journalist Michaela Savage delved into the issue by speaking with former Education Minister Sarah Mitchell, and a psychologist working for Curious Kids Psychology in Sydney, Rachel Richardson.
The chat comes as last month the NSW government appointed Dr Donna Cross as the state’s first-ever Chief Behaviour Advisor.
Dr Cross was appointed to address issues of resilience and to assist teachers, schools and parents navigate and respond to complex behaviours in and outside the classroom.