the theory has been developed by a psychologist and it seems to be achieving good things.
so, the whole idea is that there are seven factors influencing a child's ability to thrive
- education: if a child has a good connection to a person in the education system it's a good thing. the person will most likely be a teacher but it could be the canteen lady or the handyman or the cleaner
- peers: a strong connection to a peer group, preferably a group with a little bit of conflict
- money: a strong understanding of the relationship between work and money. kids who get their money too easily or are below the poverty line are both disadvantaged
- parents: a blend of authoritarian and nurturing parenting styles is the ideal mix. this might be provided by one parent or each parent might fall on one side of the equation, the important thing being a net balance
- skill: you know what a skill is, right? a kid doesnt have to play violin or something, just to have something they enjoy and do well. it pays to think out side the box on this one
- community: a strong connection to a community group counts. that might be a sporting club or a faith group or some other connection
- family: a strong connection with family, even if the kid seems not to like their family
when we want to use the resilience doughnut it is all about identifying which of these factors is strongest for a child (and that's seeing it from their point of view) and trying to get three of those factors to combine in one activity.
we were given the example of a group of young men (peers) who danced (skill) together casually, a teacher formalised the group (education) and those young men, marginalised when they started out, had better rates of school attendance, better grades and the group went on to dance at the winter olympics. there were flow on effects right through all aspects of the doughnut for those young fellas and it improved their chances in life.
the woman who developed the resilience doughnut wants to make money from it so there are books and training sessions and all kinds of things associated with it but even if we can be aware of the fundamentals, i think it is pretty helpful.
i'm also sure that a slightly revised version would be helpful for adults.