For Immediate Release
May 17, 2011
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Donna Gilliard

(BPRW) Building Mental Toughness: How Parents Can Assist Their College Grads with Employability

(BLACK PR WIRE) – Sadly, many college students lack the mental fortitude that is necessary to survive this economic crisis. Today’s youth must learn how to be mentally tough. Ironically, some parents have crippled their children. This reality can be seen in viewing ‘helicopter parents’ who micromanage their children’s affairs from infancy to adulthood. This has resulted in more dependent college grads who must return home their parent’s safety nest.

My co-author William Bailey and I wrote our latest book, Job Strategies for the 21st Century: How to Assist Today’s College Students during Economic Turbulence. It was especially designed for frustrated parents, anxious students, bewildered professors and educators, and those who deeply care for college graduates. Through our research, we have found that many college grads lack effective job strategies. This article describes ways in which today’s parents can infuse their children with mental toughness.

The economic picture demands a different job strategy and attitude. According to the U.S. Labor department, only 47.6% of people age 16 to 24 had jobs in August. This is the lowest percentage since the government began tracking this statistic in 1948. Mental toughness can be defined as the character attribute that allows an individual to stay in control while navigating obstacles in life. Many athletes are known for their mental toughness. Likewise, college grads must have this attribute too.

Generally speaking, many youth look for the easy way out. Eric Thomas, a Michigan State University administrator, noted this reality with college students: “The problem is you have never felt pain before. You’re soft. This is a soft generation. You quit on everything.” Fortunately, mental toughness can be developed. Today’s parents can help their college grads in the following ways: (a) build a positive relationship with children, (b) allow them to work through their own problems, (c) learn how to listen, (d) ask probing questions, (e) be honest and critical of their situation without being negative, and (f) encourage them to build positive friendship. In most cases, it is a lot easier for parents to solve their children’s problems. Yet, it is a critical mistake over the long-term.

Today’s college students find the employment outlook full of gloom. Many experts note that a different career strategy will be needed during this economic crisis. Sadly, many young people do not know how to deal with adversity. Numerous parents shield their children from difficult situations. That is a fatal mistake. Parents can plant the seed for success in their children’s minds by assisting in their mental toughness development. The economic crisis is not going away anytime soon. If college students can become more resilient in this crisis, they will ensure themselves of a better future. Let’s pray that it is not too late.

© 2011 by Daryl D. Green

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