Dr. Sam Goldstein & Dr. Robert Brooks: The Importance of Children’s Resilience | Raising Parents #24

In this episode, host Dina Sargeant is joined by Robert Brooks, an author, a psychologist, and former Director of the Department of Psychology, and Sam Goldstein, a licensed psychologist, a certified Pediatric Neuropsychologist, a member of the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and a New York Times bestselling author

Explore parents’ role in nurturing children’s resilience with experts Dr. Sam Goldstein and Dr. Robert Brooks. Discover effective strategies for fostering emotional regulation and self-discipline in kids.

Meet Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Sam Goldstein

Dr. Robert Brooks is an author, a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and a former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in the Boston area. He has lectured nationally and internationally to audiences of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and business people on topics pertaining to motivation, resilience, family relationships, the qualities of effective leaders and executives, and balancing our personal and professional lives.

Dr. Sam Goldstein is a licensed psychologist in Utah and a certified Pediatric Neuropsychologist. He is also listed in the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and the New York Times bestselling author of Raising Resilient Children: The Power of Resilience – Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life.

About the episode

In this episode of Raising Parents, Dr. Sam Goldstein and Dr. Robert Brooks discuss the importance of resilience and incorporating true life experiences in books. Their books construct frameworks, allowing people to easily and effectively understand different concepts and lessons about different aspects of resilience and human development.

Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam point out that resilience can be defined differently depending on the person, entertaining the possibility of applying resilience to child-rearing. They state that it is important for a child to grow around a strong, supportive, and charismatic adult. They also state that the statistical basis of resilience is influenced by a number of factors. Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam also touch upon the challenges of parenting.

Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam advocate addressing mental health issues in children due to the rising rates of depression. They draw a distinction between boundaries and responsible parenting, explaining that accepting children is not synonymous with ignoring difficulties altogether.

Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam define tenacity as the willingness to stay the course despite the present challenges. In the book, they also explore seven human survival instincts. Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam suggest cultivating seven positive instincts in both children and adults: intuitive optimism, compassionate empathy, genuine altruism, virtuous responsibility, measured fairness, and simultaneous intelligence.

Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam move on to intelligence, highlighting that it is about critical thinking and problem-solving rather than merely having excess information. They encourage having a comprehensive understanding of intelligence and learning styles, shedding light on homeschooling as a personalized learning approach.

Towards the end of the episode, Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam underscore the importance of healthy competition, explaining how understanding and embracing such emotions can improve interpersonal relationships and overall well-being.

In conclusion

This episode explores the importance of cultivating resilience from an early age, offering valuable insights and strategies for better parenting. It also tackles the importance of striking a balance between guidance and acceptance with children, highlighting the importance of cultivating seven main positive human instincts in children and adults alike. 

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