Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg

Author:Sheryl Sandberg
Language: eng
Format: mobi
ISBN: 1524732680
Publisher: Knopf
Published: 2017-04-23T18:30:00+00:00

When kids face trauma, the beliefs that help build resilience become even more critical. More than 1.8 million children in America have lost a parent, and in a national poll nearly three-quarters said their lives would have been “much better” if their parent had survived. When asked whether they would trade a year of their lives for just one more day with their late mother or father, more than half said yes.

In our house, we know that feeling well. My kids were heartbroken. I was heartbroken—and I was heartbroken that they were heartbroken. But even in those dark hours when my children first learned that their lives had changed forever, there were glimpses of light. My son stopped crying for a moment to thank me for coming home to be with him when he found out, and to thank my sister and parents for being there too. Amazing. Later that night when I was putting my daughter to bed, she said, “I am not only sad for us, Mommy. I am sad for Grandma Paula and Uncle Rob because they lost him too.” Amazing. I remembered how the night Mindy’s mom died, she asked me to sleep over but then worried that our other friends would feel left out. Even in the worst moments of their lives, my kids—like Mindy—had the capacity to think of others. And that gave me hope.

A few days later, my kids and I sat down with a big piece of paper and colored markers. Over the years, we had hung signs and schedules over their backpack cubbies. Carole had explained that giving kids a sense of stability was essential at a time when their world is turned upside down. I thought it might help to create “family rules,” which we could put on the wall to remind us of the coping mechanisms we would need. We sat down to write them out together.



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