2nd Edition

The Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox Building Character and Competence through Life’s Ups and Downs

By Madhavi Nawana Parker Copyright 2021
    206 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    206 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This fully updated second edition is a practical guide for parents, teachers and other professionals to create cultures of resilience and wellbeing in schools, homes and health care settings. Students will build lifelong competencies to improve their emotional regulation, empathy, persistence, problem solving, mindset, optimism, gratitude, kindness and values; improving their psychological readiness to bounce back from life’s ups and downs.

    Alongside new lesson plans that are even easier to follow and specific guidance on how to meet criteria on social emotional learning frameworks, the lively and engaging resources in this book include:

    • Practical, photocopiable guide sheets and worksheets, also available as eResources via www.positivemindsaustralia.com.au
    • Adaptable role plays and activities
    • Solid research-based strategies
    • A flexible framework that can be creatively implemented in classrooms, homes and health care settings
    • Parent tips at the end of each chapter

    This is a must-have handbook for anyone seeking to provide young people in their care with a strong foundation for life long social, emotional and learning outcomes.

    Foreword by Dr John Kinniburgh


    1. Being grateful, hopeful and keeping life in perspective. 

    2. Values, authenticity, character and integrity.

    3.  Empathy and a sense of belonging. 

    4. Problem solving. 

    5. Managing emotions. 

    6. Learning through mistakes, using a growth mindset. 

    7. Persistence, motivation and self-efficacy. 

    8. Goal setting.



    Madhavi Nawana Parker is an Author, Public Speaker and Consultant in private practice, based in Australia. She has previously published with Routledge Educator Wellbeing: Practical Solutions to Reset, Recharge, and Recover (2020), What’s the Buzz for Early Learners (2015), What’s the Buzz for Primary Age Students (first edition, 2011; second edition 2020), What’s the Buzz for Teenagers (2020) with Mark Le Messurier, and The Confident Minds Curriculum (2020) and The Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox (first edition, 2016). She is the Director of Positive Minds Australia www.positivemindsaustralia.com.au.

    "An exceptionally valuable resource for anyone looking for hands-on ideas to promote their own and children’s social and emotional wellbeing."
    Dr Sue Roffey FRSA FBPsS, Honorary Associate Professor at Exeter, University College and Western Sydney Universities. Director at Growing Great Schools Worldwide.

    "A flexible social-emotional learning framework for building knowledge, skills, habits, routines and rituals that encourage lifelong resilience and wellbeing. An incredible resource for School Psychologists and other educators. The toolbox provides caring adults with a guide for teaching young people to build skills and competencies in life areas such as empathy, problem solving, managing emotions, learning through mistakes using a growth mindset, learning to persist, setting goals, developing and nurturing gratitude, hope and balance, becoming aware of personal values and maintaining authenticity, integrity and character. The Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox is a treasure for anyone interested in implementing practices of positive education and social-emotional learning."
    Rebecca Comizio, Nationally Certified Psychologist & Licensed Professional Counsellor, New Canaan, CT, USA.

    "The ethereal concepts of confidence, resilience, empathy, flexibility, optimism, independence, respect, gratitude, mindfulness and more are taught through step-by-step lessons in this practical, inclusive manual to we as adults and to our young people."
    Lindy Petersen, Clinical Psychologist and author, Stop, Think, Do, social-emotional literacy program.