When things go wrong in life, it’s easy to sit and cry woefully “Why Me?” Our answer, “Well Why Not?”
Why should you always have it good? Why should bad things only ever happen to others? The point is, crap happens to everyone and it’s how you deal with it that makes you stand out from the crowd.
What’s going to make the difference in life for your children is how they react when the shizzle hits the fan. Will they wallow in self-pity, lamenting? Or will they shrug their shoulders and look for ways to make things better anyway?
The answer depends very much on you as a parent. Are you a CANDo person that picks yourself up and dusts yourself off when things go wrong? Chances are that if you are, your kids will be too.
If you want a bit of inspiration, I really recommend the film The Edge with Anthony Hopkins. Mr Hopkins is stranded in the wilderness without supplies following a plane crash. How he picks himself up and dusts himself off after each and every set back is crucial for how he survives. It’s a great film that demonstrates how to overcome adversity and really makes you take a critical look at yourself and I’d firmly recommend it (not for the kids though for you).
I’d also advocate looking at some of the stuff done by Nick Vujicic (No Arms, No Legs, No Worries) together. If this doesn’t convince you, I’m not really sure why you’re reading the CANDo Life Skills site!