Sarah and Lilly both fail their history test.  Both of the girls cry, both feel down about their disappointing showing.  Sarah goes home and spends the evening on her iPod, traveling the social and information highway, stewing in her depression.  Lilly goes home and asks her mother for some help with the subject.  She looks at the test to see what she got wrong and tells herself and her family that she is going to do better next time:  she is going to conquer this subject.

Two girls the same age, facing the same defeat.  What ingredient keeps one frozen in her misery, while the other picks herself up and learns from her experience?   In a word, Resilience.  Resilience is the ability to recover from adversity, to adapt well to failure and stress and even grow from it.  It’s the strength to get up and try again.

The good news is, resilience can be learned.  The even better news is, parents can teach it and encourage it in their children.  And the best news is, Dr. Robert Brooks will be in Baltimore to describe the ways to help our children handle failure, deal with stress in an effective manner and begin to use strategies to motivate and discipline themselves.

SHEMESH and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, together with Jewish Community Services and YACHAD are pleased to present Dr. Robert Brooks speaking about The Power of Resilience:  Nurturing Inner Strength in Our Children and Youth.  If you’ve been wondering what we as parents can do to strengthen our children for life’s challenges – whether failing a test, not being part of the In crowd, or coping with family illness -  join us at this exceptional event.  This lecture is scheduled for Monday evening, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Rosen Arts Center of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School.  Tickets are $10 with registration by November 30 and $15 at the door.  Register at and join us for an evening that can have an impact on your entire family.