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Resources and References

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Everyone can become more resilient. It takes practice. Together with the support of family and community, Kids Can be better prepared to face life’s challenges.

Durham Region

Durham Health Connection Line
Growth and development
Connecting with your child
Positive discipline

Check out resources in your community such as:

SafeKids Canada
Provides information on helmet safety and correct helmet fit.

Reaching In…Reaching Out
This website provides parents with information and activities to help children bounce back from life’s challenges.

Screen time guidelines
For healthy growth and development the time children spend watching TV or playing on the computer should be limited.

Best Start
Learning to play and playing to learn is a parent resource to help prepare your child for kindergarten.

Bounce Back Books
These interactive books suggest fun, engaging and hands-on activities that parents and caregivers can enjoy with their young children, while learning about and developing their resiliency skills. 
To obtain hardcopies of the Bounce Back Books, requests can be sent to


Barankin, T. & Khanlou, N.  (2007).  Growing Up Resilient: Ways to build resilience in children and youth.  Toronto (ON): Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Coloroso, B.  (2007). Just because it’s not wrong doesn’t make it right.  From toddlers to teens, teaching kids to think and act ethically.  Toronto (ON): Penguin Canada.

Coloroso, B.  (2010).  Kids are worth it! Raising resilient, responsible, compassionate kids. Toronto (ON): Penguin Canada.

Henderson, N. (2007).  Resiliency In Action.  Practical ideas for overcoming risks and building strengths in youth, families, and communities. Ojai (CA): Resilience In Action, Inc.

Hoffman, J.  (2010).  Kids Can Cope: Parenting resilient children at home and at school.  Toronto (ON): The Psychology Foundation of Canada & Desjardins Financial Security.

Pearson, J. & Hall, D.K.  (2006).  Reaching IN … Reaching OUT Resiliency Guidebook.  Toronto (ON): The Child and Family Partnership.

The Bounce Back Book.  (2010).  Building resiliency skills in your preschooler.  Edmonton (AB): Alberta Mental Health Board.