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Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg’s “7 Crucial C’s of Resilience”

05/14/2013 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Moving to a New School, Your Child's Ages & Stages, Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide, Special Topics

Spring marks a time of transition for many students . . . the end of a school-year, the time to move up to a new school.  For military students, transition often means moving to a new home in a new state.  How well these students, and their families, handle these changes can depend on how resilient they are . . . something Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg is passionate about!

Dr. Ken Ginsburg is a professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)® Science Advisory Board.  With a desire to help military families, he has offered trainings on his 7 C’s Model of Resilience to Army leadership.  Continue reading to learn more about this model for raising resilient children . . .

The 7 Crucial C’s of Resilience

1. Competence– Competence is the ability or know-how to handle situations effectively.

2. Confidence– True confidence, the solid belief in one’s own abilities, is rooted in competence.  Children gain confidence by demonstrating their competence in real situations.

3. Connection– Children with close ties to family, friends, school and community are more likely to have a solid sense of security that produces strong values and prevents them from seeking destructive alternatives to love and attention.

4. Character– Children need a fundamental sense of right and wrong to ensure they are prepared to make wise choices, contribute to the world, and become stable adults.

5. Contribution– It is a powerful lesson when children realize that the world is a better place because they are in it.  Children who understand the importance of personal contribution gain a sense of purpose that can motivate them.

6. Coping– Children who learn to cope effectively with stress are better prepared to overcome life’s challenges.

7. Control– When children realize they can control the outcome of their decisions and actions, they’re more likely to know that they have the ability to do what it takes to bounce back.


View the video below to learn more about Dr. Ginsberg's partnership with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)® and how they are working together to support the needs of military-connected children . . .




To learn more about building resilience in your military family, visit MCEC’s website for articles and more videos featuring Dr. Ginsburg, and/or visit Dr. Ginsburg's website.

*This blog entry was inspired by MCEC’s “On The Move” publication, Volume 7, Issue 2 and the article within authored by Cindy Simerly, MCEC’s Chief of Marketing.

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