Resilience U - For Parents, Caregivers and Educators

Short, helpful videos to build your own resilience so you can help kids build theirs. And, if you can’t find what you need, contact us at

Session 1: Parenting 101
Session 2: Education 101
Session 3: Healthy Brain Development
Session 4: Social and Emotional Learning
Session 5: Pathways to Resilience

Session #1: Parenting 101

Introductory Class

When it comes to raising successful, caring and well-rounded kids, everything starts with the family.

Parenting A-Z - Start Here!

Kelly Bourne is a paediatric nurse who has translated her blogs into short videos covering the whole gamut of issues that every parent faces in their efforts to raise great kids – Check our her first video announcing her series of videos “Parenting A-Z – Starts Here”.

Check out the rest of the A-Z videos and all the other resources here.

Helpful Resources:

  • To learn how to be a great Dad, visit Dad Central here.
  • And, learn about the 7 reasons why Canadian Grandparents are special by visiting

5 Parenting Styles and Their Effects on Life

There are four widely researched styles of parenting: authoritative, permissive, authoritarian, and neglectful. The styles range from controlling to undemanding, and from cold and unresponsive to loving and receptive. In recent years, over-involved parents, who are present in every aspect of their child’s life, are often referred to as the fifth style. They are also known as snowplow or helicopter parents.

Video by Sprouts School and see more great videos at

The Role of Grandparents and Extended Family

The parent-child relationship is a bond that lasts a lifetime, but other family have important roles to play too--aunts, uncles, cousins, and especially grandparents. This great video from “Right From The Start NJ: Bright Beginnings .Healthy Futures”, demonstrates that the parent-child relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren is second in emotional importance only to the relationship between parent and child.

Session #2: Education 101

Introductory Class

Attend “Sprouts School” to access their upbeat videos that are having a high impact on education through content that inspires teachers and parents to explain complicated ideas in simple language and then do projects to allow young people to make deep social learning experiences. The free videos are of great interest to parents and caregivers.  Check out these two example videos by Sprouts:

The Science of Teaching, Effective Education, and Great Schools

Scientific evidence suggests that the secret to thriving students and a good education are amazing teachers.

Video by Sprouts School and see more great videos at

You Think You Are Smart? There Are 9 Types of Intelligence!

In 1983 an American developmental psychologist Howard Gardener described 9 types of intelligence.

Video by Sprouts School and see more great videos at

Helpful Resources

Reimagine Learning that Can Change the World

Internationally recognized educator and creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson PhD inspires us to imagine school systems that can move beyond a narrow focus on academic achievement to actively promote creativity and divergent thinking.

Educating the Heart and Mind

Sir Ken Robinson PhD speaks during the Dalai Lama Center's Educating the Heart Series. He discusses the importance of an education that educates not just the mind, but also the heart.

Sir Ken Robinson PhD lecture on “Reimaging Learning that Can Change the World” and “How to Escape Education’s Death Valley” to provide overviews of how to Ignite kids “Curiosity IQ”.  To learn more about this incredible educator, visit his website,

Session #3: Healthy Brain Development

Introductory Class

You don’t need to be a University Professor to understand healthy brain development. Just listen to “Molly Wright: How every child can thrive by five”. Molly is a 7-year-old child who breaks down the research on the benefits of play on lifelong learning, social and emotional skills and overall well-being.  And, check-out all of the great resources provided by Australia’s Minderoo Foundation’s Initiative “Thrive By Five” here.

Molly Wright 'How every child can thrive by five'

"What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?" asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers. Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children's healthy brain development, Wright highlights the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behavior and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five. She's joined onstage by one-year-old Ari and his dad, Amarjot, who help illustrate her big ideas about brain science.

Helpful Resources

How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development

Check out the “Alberta Family Wellness Initiative - Building Better Brains” ( The “Brain Story Took Kit “will  provide you with all the information you need to understand how brains are built and browse by topic to find a wide range of videos, such as “How to Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential”,  “Kids’ Growth Mindset” and “Serve and Return” .

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria on Importance of the first 1,000 Days of Life

Check out this great video by Paediatrician, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria on the importance of the first 1000 days of life. As a children’s librarian, educator, public health profession and child health advocate, he is an associate professor of paediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He practices in a variety of settings with a special interest in underserviced populations.

Dr. Navsaria is the founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin and founder and director of the Paediatric Early Literacy Project at the University of Wisconsin. Check out his website (under construction) at

Check out the “Resource Library”, created under the renowned leadership of Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, MD, at the Harvard University’s Centre for the Developing Child here and learn about the Brain Architecture that provides the foundation for all future learning behaviour and health.

Session #4: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Introductory Class

Social and emotional skills are foundational to the development of cognitive skills and resilience. Get a solid understanding of the importance of learning social and emotional skills by watching the following videos:

SEL 101: What are the core competencies and key settings?

And, for more in depth learning about Social and Emotional Learning, visit the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, (Casel) website (, the world’s leading organization for quality SEL that schools have relied upon for over 25 years.

Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why SEL Matters

What is SEL? Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

Video by the Committee for Children - visit their website:

Session #5: Resilience

Resilience: social, emotional and cognitive skills, an optimistic temperament and a sense of agency* (Child Mind Institute) (*the ability to control one’s actions and know their consequents).

Introductory Class

What resilience is and isn't - 9 things children need

Dr. Michael Ungar is world-renowned expert in resilience, especially in children. When you finish viewing this video, check out his website at View the videos in the Resource section, especially “Resilience for Young Students” that children will enjoy viewing with you.

In Brief: the Science of Resilience

One way to understand the development of resilience is to picture a balance scale or seesaw. Protective experiences and adaptive skills on one side counterbalance significant adversity on the other. Watch this video to visualize the science of resilience, and see how genes and experience interact to produce positive outcomes for children. This “In Brief” video is part two of a three-part sequence about resilience. Check them out and all the other great videos that can be found at:

Helpful Resources:

  • Check out the videos and books on Dr. Ungar’s website
  • And the great video produced by the Centre for the Developing Child at Harvard University, especially the “In Brief: How Resilience is Built”:
  • Visit Kelly Bourne’s website and look for the “Parenting A-Z “ the helpful video “Grit – 3 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids".
  • Check out the great resources available in our Resources for Parents and Educators.
  • Teach Resiliency: simple-to-use strategies, tools and information to promote resilience and to enhance the mental health of teachers and their students.  Offered by Physical and Health Education Canada, the University of Western Ontario’s Centre for School Mental Health, the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, and The Co-Operatives. Suggested resources include:
    • Teacher Self Care (with applicability to parents too)
    • Teach Resiliency Education Series (with webinars and experts providing evidence-informed tools, tips and strategies)
    • And wellness strategies for teachers, by teachers
  • And, check out the For Parents and Educators Section - “Parenting and Educational Supports Made Easy”. It  is chuck-full of great websites that provide the resources and tools you need to build resilience for you and your kids.

Resilient Kids Canada

We do not provide mental health services.  If you require assistance, we recommend you contact:

Crisis Services Canada:  to help you to find distress centres and crisis organizations across Canada.  You can assess immediate help by calling 1-833-456-4566 (toll-free and available 24/7) or by Texting 45645 (4 pm – 12 am ET).

Kids Help Phone: available 24 hours a day for young people aged five (5) to twenty-nine (29).  Phone 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text Connect 686868.

Hope for Wellness Helpline: a 24/7 crisis counselling helpline for Indigenous people across Canada who are suffering from mental health issues. Contact them at 1-855-242-3310 or visit their chat line at

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