Dr Ginsburg, child paediatrician and human development expert, proposes that there are 7 integral and interrelated components that makeup being resilient – competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control. Each of these 7 C’s is explained briefly here and in our child and youth resilience group program, our sessions have been crafted carefully in order to include content and group processes that will enhance each and every one of the 7 C’s.
1. Competence – is the ability to know how to handle stressful situations effectively. It requires having the skills to face challenges and having the opportunity to practice using these skills so that one feels competent in dealing with situations. Our Sportsfests offer stress-reduction and social skills training and learning these skills in a group of similar-aged peers, provides the opportunity for your child to practice these skills, and enhance their competence.
2. Confidence – is the belief in one’s own abilities. Children gain confidence by being able to demonstrate their competence in real situations. Our Sportsfest enhance self-confidence by providing a platform for children to identify their individual strengths and when children notice their strengths, watch them soar high and be self-motivated to overcome their challenges.
3. Connection – children with close ties to friends, family, and community groups are likely to have a stronger sense of security and sense of belonging. These children are more likely to have strong values and are less likely to seek out alternative destructive behaviours. At our Sportsfest, we foster a sense of belonging and we discuss ways your children can strengthen their ties by being good friends, a caring family members, and important community members.
4. Character – children with “character” enjoy a strong sense of self-worth and confidence. They are in touch with their values and are comfortable sticking to them. They can demonstrate a caring attitude towards others. They have a strong sense of right and wrong and are prepared to make wise choices and contribute to the world. Our Sportsfests aim to strengthen character through enhancing self-esteem with our strengths-based work, and by teaching skills of empathy and caring for others.
5. Contribution – if children can experience personally contributing to the world, they can learn the powerful lesson that the world is a better place because they are in it. Hearing the thank you and appreciation when your child contributes, will increase their willingness to take actions and make choices that improve the world, thereby enhancing their own competence, character, and sense of connection.
6. Coping – children who have a wide repertoire of coping skills (social skills, stress reduction skills) are able to cope more effectively and are better prepared to overcome life’s challenges.
7. Control – when children realise that they have control over their decisions and actions, they are more likely to know how to make choices in a way that they can bounce back from life’s challenges.