I’m going to share with you a valuable tip on how to teach your young ones to be more resilient and
to help them become braver, tougher, and stronger in challenging situations. Growing up, I had the
privilege of spending a lot of time with my grandparents, who would often share their fascinating
War Stories with me. They were evacuee children during their youth, torn away from their families
and sent to live with strangers in less-than-ideal circumstances. My Nan, in particular, came from a
large family and was separated from her siblings, but she never gave up. She made several daring
escape attempts and even travelled across the country on her own by train. On the other hand, my
Grandad became a firefighter during the war, bravely extinguishing fires caused by pulled grenade
Listening to these incredible stories over the years, I realized that they have unconsciously taught
me the strength and resilience that runs in our family. It made me believe that I, too, possess that
same inner strength. These stories have shown me that I have the power to overcome any
challenge, even ones I may never encounter in my lifetime. But if I ever do face such difficulties, I
know that I have the DNA within me to conquer them.
That’s why I suggest that you, as a parent, guardian, or grandparent, take a moment to reflect on
your family history. It holds valuable lessons and inspiration that can help young individuals build
The things that have posed challenges throughout the years can truly strike a chord with the
younger generation you’re addressing. It could be a tale about yourself or someone they know, but
hearing about how familiar individuals have triumphed over adversity takes inspiration to a whole
new level. It encourages these young minds to recognise that they possess the same resilience in
their DNA.
When I reflect on the trials and tribulations I have faced, it pales in comparison to what my
grandparents endured. I wonder if, one day, we'll recount stories of the lockdown period. Will we
talk about the great lockdown we all experienced and how we managed to persevere? Although
we may have indulged in a few too many biscuits, it's crucial to seek out stories of inspiration
wherever we can. And those stories that involve someone we know hold an even deeper
In fact, there may be personalised challenges that don’t necessarily revolve around emotional
situations but rather practical circumstances. For instance, many individuals encounter financial
hardships when they embark on early relationships or start a young family. These financial
struggles can ignite a spark of creativity within you. I vividly remember my parents discussing a
time when all they could afford was baked beans or tuna pasta bake. That was the extent of their
budget, yet they managed to make the most of it by finding innovative ways to live off meagre
amounts. Their resourcefulness was truly inspiring.
Resilience stories have a way of inspiring us, filling us with positivity, and igniting our curiosity and
inner strength to take control of our own circumstances. It’s important to consider how we can
influence the young people in our lives by sharing stories from history, especially their personal
histories and the experiences of those around them. Even from their earliest days, they may have
faced challenges, like being in a special care baby unit, but they fought against all odds to survive.
You can share with them how they overcame those adversities, not only making them feel good
about themselves but also adding a touch of humour and interest to the narrative.
There will inevitably be moments from their own past that you can draw upon. Perhaps the time
they got frustrated because they couldn’t take their first steps, or when they stumbled over a
particular word they wanted to say. These anecdotes provide a comfortable and relatable way to
convey the message that they are resilient and capable of persevering.
You can make these stories not only captivating but also lighthearted and funny. By doing so, the
development of resilience becomes an enjoyable journey, rather than a daunting task of becoming
stronger and tougher. It becomes liberating, with a sense of freedom. We are constantly curious,
learning, and evolving, finding our way in the world, and all of this contributes to building resilience.
So, let’s reflect on how we can use our own history to create a brighter and stronger future for the
young generation.