It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
—Frederick Douglass, American abolitionist and civil rights leader
Resilience reflects the capacity to recover from challenges that can threaten development. Within the context of human development, resilience includes pathways or processes that can support positive developmental trajectories, despite a context that has introduced adverse experiences (Masten, Gewirtz, & Sapienza, 2013). Professionals in the early childhood field must have knowledge and skills that foster resilience, thereby supporting positive outcomes for children and their families.
In this Discussion, you explore the concept of resilience and strategies that foster resilience in young children and their families. You also have an opportunity to educate others about the incredible importance of fostering resilience
Note: The format for your initial post within this Discussion is an Opinion Editorial (often called an OP-ED article published in newspapers and other media) highlighting the significance of resilience and current research on how resilience can be fostered.
Refer to this module’s Learning Resources and read the articles by Masten, “Global Perspectives on Resilience in Children and Youth,” and by Pizzolongo and Hunter, “I Am Safe and Secure: Promoting Resilience in Young Children.” Then, select and read one additional peer-reviewed research article, less than 5 years old, from the Walden Library on fostering resilience in young children and families. As you review each of these articles, consider the importance of resilience and how resilience can be contextually supported and cultivated.
By Day 3 of Week 9
• A 300- to 400-word Opinion Editorial (OP-ED piece) that provides your opinion accompanied by a research-based analysis of the importance of resilience and current research highlighting how resilience can be fostered
• The implications of your analysis for your practice as a professional and your interactions with young children and their families
Cite appropriate references in APA format to substantiate your thinking
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