Spring brings an array of opportunities for renewal, revival, and new life.
We clean up our homes.
We weed out our closets.
We perk up our lawns and flowerbeds.
Spring cleaning helps us clean up the exteriors in our lives.
Why not use this time to do a little spring cleaning within ourselves as well? Around the turn of the new year, many of us make resolutions to be better people--we will be more patient, we will have more self-control, we will take better care of ourselves and others.
Spring is a great time to reflect and revisit those commitments. What opportunities within ourselves do we have to build our protective factors? Protective factors help us cope and bounce back in many aspects of our lives. Here are some simple yet fun reflective strategies from Building Your Bounce to help renew commitment to strengthening protective factors within ourselves:
Recently, some of our team at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children’s Early Childhood Initiative met for a professional development retreat. We revisited many training sessions we have designed and delivered over the years. We weeded out the unnecessary, pruned back the overwhelming, and planted new seeds of knowledge and growth. I realized that, with these team members, I was inspired to trust, laugh, and be calm. I reflected and renewed my own commitment to my within protective factors.
This post was contributed by Karen Cairone. Karen has been with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, Early Childhood Initiative for the past 13 years. While with Devereux, she has co-authored several resources including Facing the Challenge DVD Series, Classroom Moments DVD, For Now and Forever: A Family Guide for Infants and Toddlers, and Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure. Karen has two upcoming publications with Gryphon House. Karen is editor of the DCRC national newsletter, and delivers training on topics related to social and emotional health and resilience around the country. Karen Cairone lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania.