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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 219

Raising Strong Kids: Building Resilience in Challenging Times

with guest Dr. Jonathan DePierro

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | November 21, 2023 | 46:39 min.

In our efforts to protect and shield our kids from the pain and discomfort of this world, we inadvertently can make them be more codependent and fearful instead of resilient. Dr. Jonathan DePierro shares powerful strategies for building resilience, even in the face of unforeseen adversity and chaos.

Today's Guest(s)


Dr. Jonathan DePierro

Dr. Jonathan DePierro is a seasoned clinical psychologist renowned for his expertise in psychological resilience and the therapeutic intervention of trauma-related mental health conditions. As an esteemed Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, he also serves as the Associate Director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Stress, Resilience, and Personal Growth.  Follow him @jon_m_depierro.


It may sound counterintuitive but our constant rescue missions and avoidance tactics are unintentionally hindering our children’s growth and ability to bounce back. 

In the face of relentless bullying, Dr. Jonathan DePierro’s childhood seemed destined for darkness. But hidden within the shadows of his past lies a remarkable twist, a glimmer of hope that defies all odds. Listen to discover the secrets to raising resilient kids and how to empower them to face adversity head-on.

In this episode, you will learn how to:

  • Build Resilience in Children: Discover practical strategies to help your children develop resilience skills and thrive in the face of life’s challenges.

  • Importance of Social Support: Learn how fostering a strong network of social support can enhance your child’s resilience and provide them with the support they need during difficult times.


  • Foster Curiosity for Resilience: Explore the power of curiosity in building resilience and discover techniques to encourage your child’s natural curiosity, helping them to develop a resilient mindset.


  • The Role of the Prefrontal Cortex: Understand how the prefrontal cortex plays a crucial role in building resilience and learn strategies to strengthen this executive functioning area of your child’s brain.


  • Addressing Mental Health Misconceptions: Gain insights into common misconceptions surrounding mental health in children and ensure you have accurate information to support your child’s emotional well-being.



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