Is Having Grit a Positive or a Negative?
04/05/2016 Published by: Amy Soupene
Grit. That word has been getting a lot of attention lately. It has many definitions, but let’s focus on Merriam-Webster’s definition, “mental toughness and courage”. Applying that word to military-connected children is a natural fit.
It takes courage to move 6-9 times from kindergarten to 12th grade. Each move means starting over, new friends, new activities, new cultures, new everything. It take bravery to step out and make new friends, to keep on striving to do your best despite being the perennial new kid.
Want to talk about mental toughness? Military kids have that, too. Watching a parent deploy multiple times to unsafe areas, not knowing if you’ll see them again. Dealing with that heartache while maintaining the determination to carry on with daily activities requires a huge dose of mental toughness.
Facing obstacles and challenges while maintaining a positive outlook and hope for the future is indicative of inner grit.
Being known as a truly gritty kid is a compliment. They don’t give up when circumstances get hard. They reach down inside themselves to figure out how to solve whatever problem they face. And then, because they are military kids, they figure out how to help others that will face similar challenges.
This week, the MCEC highlights Grit as our Trailblazer Topic. Read about Calvin to see Grit in action.
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