Lessons of Resilience from Childhood

—Lyle J. Burrup

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    When I was a child, many adults in my life—parents, neighbors, teachers, and Church leaders—taught me and my brother and sisters the following lessons. These five principles may be helpful for your children:

    1. Paying the price for privileges.

      I knew that freedom to play with my friends in the coming days depended on whether or not I came home on time.

    2. The law of the harvest.

      If I wanted money, I had to deliver the newspapers for my route and collect the money each month.

    3. Personal accountability and responsibility.

      I had to complete my own homework, science fair projects, and merit badges.

    4. The law of restitution.

      I could make up for misbehavior by apologizing and repairing the wrong. My parents sometimes suggested that I complete extra chores, such as pulling weeds.

    5. Learning from mistakes.

      If I made my bed poorly, did not wash the dishes properly, or did not pull weeds properly, I had to redo these tasks correctly.