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“We must teach our children to live their lives in a way that gives them fond memories, not regret; lives of pride and happiness, not full of excuses and despair. For some of us, this will be the book we wish we had growing up. But it’s never too late. This, then, is my gift to my children. I hope you will find it worthy of being a gift for your children, too.”

The basic premise of this book is a simple one…that stress management is a health-promoting skill for life that should be taught to children and teenagers as soon as they are capable of understanding the concepts. Most parents want their children to be happy and to do well in life. Resiliency may be the single most important factor that predicts both happiness and success!
For years, Dr. Everly’s clinical practice has focused on helping adults recover from the physical and mental illnesses caused by excessive stress. He realized that they would never have needed this treatment later in life if they had been taught to better manage stress early in life.

Unlike many books on stress management, this book does not teach stress reduction techniques as such. Rather, it teaches 7 pillars upon which a stress-resilient life may be built, based on the recognition that:
• The ability to resist excessive stress and rebound from adversity is based less on “techniques” and more on an underlying strength of character.
• Strength of character as it applied in this book is resiliency, and it can be taught.
• The book contain the core 7 principles or “lessons to be learned” that constitute foundational resiliency in such a way that parents can teach these principles to their children.
This is the first truly new book on resiliency and managing stress to be written in years. Why so? First, it doesn't teach the same old techniques found in most other stress management books - Dr. Everly’s own books included. It is based in his belief that the essential actions, beliefs, and codes that shape true resiliency in the face of distress and adversity can - if you learn them early enough, prevent debilitating stress. Think of these things as an “acquired immunity” to the distress that robs people of their health, steals their happiness, ruins their marriages, and stifles their careers.

The collective wisdom in this simple book should not simply be recommended reading for all parents, it should be essential reading for all parents and teachers of children and young adults.

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