“Don’t worry. Kids are resilient.” This is a concept I hear often. It may be true. They are malleable. They are also moldable. Now is the time to strengthen our kids, to build them up so when the battles of life appear, their ship won’t break apart in the storm.
Kids, like adults, can get discouraged, beat up, knocked down, and lose hope when life gets tough. Unlike adults, they might not have honed the communication tools to express what they’re up against. That’s why it’s so important to support programs that will help our next generation grow up strong, so when the storms of life hit they have enough buoyancy to ride the waves of adversity.
The most gratifying moment I have enjoyed at my local YMCA to date, was when I took my three year old daughter to a program called Little Dribblers. I watched from the window as the 3 to 6-year-olds picked out their toddler-sized basket balls, bounced them around the room with great delight, and then sat in a circle, staff and volunteers interspersed in-between, who engaged the children with questions, making eye contact with each one. No one was left out. The children were edified and activated through conversation and sport.
As a single mom, I felt gratitude that the Y staff, unknowingly, poured into my life by pouring in to my daughter’s. As they focused on strengthening my child’s confidence, I grew in my own realizing I had made a great decision bringing her here.
The YMCA is a place of vitality for the body and spirit, for young and old.
If you feel inspired to sponsor kids, like mine, to have access to programs that will build their self-confidence, promote healthy living, and foster their self-esteem, click here to make a donation. Any donation of $10 of more will receive a tax receipt.
Resiliency is fostered. Help the YMCA keep kids strong, because strong kids make resilient adults.