• Dr. Karen Reivich who specializes in resilience and positive psychology stated, “We all have impulses to do things and say things that are not in our best interest or helpful or kind to others. Resilience doesn’t require that you stop having these impulses, but it does require you to stop yourself from acting on every impulse you have.”  

    Impulses might be building and starting to get the better of us. In a crisis situation, our fuses are shorter, and patience is thinner. We need to hone in on these coping skills to help ourselves and our kids manage this situation as best as possible and help build that resilience. 

    The video this week focuses on the importance of identifying triggers. When we know our triggers, we can discuss and practice strategies to help lessen the explosive reaction that might come after the presentation of a trigger. In turn, we are demonstrating impulse control. 

    Providing these activities is not meant to add more work, but the intention is to provide an awareness of the skills to help lessen the weight of the stress. Below are the activities mentioned in the video. I hope this video helps drive some positive and productive conversations in your homes! Please let me know if you would like additional help, support or guidance. 

     

    Ms. Silver's YouTube Channel - Ms. Silver discusses impulse control part 1 

     

    Ms. Silver's YouTube Channel - Ms. Silver discusses impulse control part 2 

     

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