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.
Book: Releases August 3, 2021
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