How To Teach Resilience And Negotiation Skills To Elementary School-Age Kids, Episode 184 (Mom Summer Camp Series)

What if YOU were the best teacher or coach to teach your kids THE life skills they’ll need to become resilient, emotionally intelligent, or even better at advocating for themselves? What if…

I believe that our kids can handle more than we can even imagine. Way more. Did you hear about the kids lost in the Amazon who fended for themselves and survived?  That’s such an outlier situation and it’s SO scary for me to imagine but what it did remind me is: our kids can be resilient and tougher than the obstacles life will present in front of them. Hasn’t this been the case for you? You’ve been through some stuff yet here you are reading this and tuning into Unimaginable Wellness. There’s something in you that helped you rise up or beyond several obstacles so why not teach your kids how to do the same this summer season? That’s what I’m doing this summer….because I’ve got lessons and stuff to teach…you do too!

This summer why not impart some of your skills intentionally to your kid/s?

This week’s episode is very simply the use of my own fertile imagination. A fertile imagination is a mindset that sits at the cross-section of who you had to be when you birthed or waited for your bub, the rebellious teen you, and your inner child with gigantic ideas about what her life could be like. I’m writing a book about this mindset that you may want to learn more about HERE

Now on to this week’s episode….

I will be spending a good amount of time with my three sons. My identical twins are nine and my eldest is twelve. We could work on a ton of things this summer. Math is one key topic we can focus on. Personally, I was not very strong in math so I’d have to outsource that. We could focus on building teamwork skills. I’ve enrolled my kids in sports camps and again for those experiences I wouldn’t make for a great coach. Not sure if you are like me but I was picked last for gym sports teams.  This brings me to this summer season. There are emotional fortitude sort of lessons that I am best suited to teach and in this week’s episode, I decided to reveal a bit about what I’ll be covering this summer with my kids.

In this episode you’ll hear:

-how I’ll be taking my kids to fun places and using them as training grounds to up their resiliency etc.

-what you can try to teach your kids during this summer or another break (age-appropriate ideas)

-where we are with these mini-challenges thus far ($7.49 saved thus far)

-why you might have been selected as the mom of your kids (if you’ve got a skill then chances are your kids will need to learn it to fully thrive and that’s why you are their mom)

SHARE this episode with a mom founder, entrepreneur, or creator who seeks summer ideas to take full advantage of a summer at home spent with the kids.

Similar episodes:

Romper Room Style: Your Very Own Chapter Read of Fertile Imagination, Episode 147 

Welcome To Motherhood: Going From Playing The Lead To The Supporting Role In Your Life, Episode 182 / The Risks and Consequences of Taking On A Supporting Role In Your Mom Life

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Praise For Fertile Imagination

Book participants/podcast guests

“Melissa is an inspiring display of tenacity and motivation. Whenever you’re feeling stuck, peruse Melissa’s thoughtfully compiled tips and exercises and you’ll be creating magic in no time.” – Suzy Batiz, Chief Executive and Visionary Officer, ~Pourri, The Makers of Poo~Pourri, supernatural, Alive OS®

“Melissa’s words are authentic and important. She is a great listener and now shares reality-based strategies for imagining your own imperfect, fulfilling life.” – Martha Hennessey, Former New Hampshire State Senator / House of Representative

“This is the book for a mom who wants a second jet engine to embark on her own journey from thinking she will have to wait another lifetime to dream big to knowing she can take steps right now to uncover and do what she would find more fulfilling at this life stage. Melissa writes both intimately and conversationally about topics that many moms around the world can relate to (some dads too). She invites the reader into a personal and deep journey about topics that are crucially important to uncover what would make a mom truly happy to work on…even after the kids are in bed. It was an honor and a pleasure to speak with her for an interview, which she has included excerpts of in this book, too!” – Ken Honda, Japan’s bestselling zen millionaire, author of Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money

Moms like us with big dreams and school-age kids:

For moms like me, the pandemic was an opportunity to re-evaluate and course-correct things in our lives we weren’t thrilled with. Coming out of this period, sluggish yet motivated, so many of us can use this book to help us wake up! If you’re looking to refresh, reenergize, and yes, reimagine a better version of your life, this book is for you. I loved the hilarious, yet poignant stories about motherhood today and the window into the world of those who’ve gone for it – and did it. – Macollvie Neel, Brooklyn, NY

“The words: imagination, play and fun are not the usual things we as mothers think of when wondering how to get a grip back on our career and I believe it provides a really fresh take and lots of food for thought for mothers reading it. Its tone is so energetic and fresh!” – Alejandra Molina, Coach, Miami, Florida

“Melissa is a mom of three with big dreams who tells it like it is. She draws on her own experiences and the experiences of professionals she’s interviewed for her podcast to reflect on the plight of the mother. How do women conform to or challenge the traditional “mom script”? If you’re a mom, what can you do to break the “cultural glass ceiling” to be yourself and a great parent, all without having to force yourself into a mom mold that doesn’t fit you? Melissa is like a great friend, honest and wise and funny, telling you about her life and asking you to reflect on yours. This book is a great purchase for moms in every stage of life.” – Maureen Turner Carey, Librarian, Austin, Texas

“In her book, Melissa shows us that motherhood does not have to be a pause or an end to your pre-child self. With guidance from her podcast guests, she encourages us to think big, find what lights us up, think big, and move towards our goals with the steps that fit the reality of our lives as they are today. In doing so we honor and inspire our child(ren), and our own inner child.” – Katherine Dzierzynski, Museum Group Sales, Forest Hills, NY

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Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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