What the link between family schedules and life expectancy tells us about teaching kids to be resilient adults.


Dr. Rhonda Spencer-Hwang is an epidemiologist and associate professor in the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University. Through her groundbreaking research, she has developed a program to help prepare families for whatever life throws their way—increasing resiliency, happiness, and likelihood of positive performances (from academics to athletics and beyond). She is a mom of three and lives in Loma Linda, California.

What We Talk About:

  • Centenarians: people who live 100+ years.
  • The surprising answer they gave when asked about childhood hardships.
  • How childhood experiences impact longevity.
  • What long life has to do with overcoming hardship.
  • Life experiences including an early-century pandemic, the Great Depression, and what how these events affected their resiliency.
  • “Are we preparing ourselves for what may come?”
  • How much adversity do we need to build our resilience?

Bringing it Back to Families

  • Rhonda’s own hidden habits that you might relate to.
  • The lie we might believe as the pandemic numbers decrease.
  • Centenarian advice for parents:
  • Be okay that your schedules are not slam-packed
  • Try not to eat food on the fly
  • Be okay that we lost a year. We’re all in this together.
  • Spend time outdoors. You can find nature wherever you live. Just slow down and embrace it.
  • Why our life is a metaphorical time closet.
  • Parenting Styles that are structure and “doing” oriented.
  • What to say to the inner critic who tells you “You’re not doing enough.”
  • Let’s talk about sleep and why we need so many sleep supplements.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode


Book: Releases August 3, 2021

Raising Resilient Kids: Principles for Bringing Up Healthy, Happy, Successful Children Who Can Overcome Obstacles and Thrive despite Adversity.

More about Hulda Crooks

Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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