Resilience Sessions (For ages 11-13) - Keeping Negative Thoughts in Check

Kids · Learning
Resilience Sessions for ages 11-13

Develop a positive response to challenge and learn how to keep negative thoughts in check. Explore a 'toolkit' for managing anxiety and get curious about the impact of comparison with others.

Applying a growth mindset

The Resilience Course consists of 5 lessons designed to help your child:

• develop a positive view of ‘challenge’
• have strategies for responding to anxious thoughts
• recognise when they are overthinking
• let go of unhelpful, negative thoughts
• be inspired by others rather than feel threatened

Developing resilience

The course includes discussion work, self-reflection and some videos are included. Each online session starts and ends with some energiser games making it easy for your child to focus for the full 45 minutes.

What do the sessions focus on?

Rethinking the Concept of Challenge

Learn to view challenge as a positive, beneficial experience. Challenge can be exciting!

Keeping Negative Thoughts in Check

Unhelpful, negative thoughts are normal. Learn how we can keep them in check and gain a bit more control over which thoughts we want to give our attention to.

Anxiety Tool Kit

We all experience anxious thoughts at times. Explore practical strategies & tips for managing anxiety and feeling more in control.


Ever notice you overthink things? Find out how ruminating and worrying excessively can impede your ability to problem solve.

Comparison Culture

We all naturally compare ourselves to others but is this really helpful? Learn how comparison can inspire and motivate rather than make us feel bad about ourselves.

For more information about Role Models classes look here: General Class Information
Audience: Kids Ages 11-13

Upcoming Session

October 6, 12 PM EDT
For Kids · 45 mins

6 of 30 spots reserved

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Meet Our Instructor

Suraiya Essof

Suraiya Essof is a qualified teacher with ten years of experience teaching children. She has a particular interest in wellbeing and in helping people to find peace and fulfilment. She has a Business degree in Industrial Psychology, and a postgraduate in Education. Her passion for teaching, and love for books and trivia, has inspired her to host General knowledge quizzes and a Bookclub for Homeschool learners all over the world! Suraiya is also an entrepreneur and has founded a successful furniture retail business.

She has a passion for recreational activities to improve wellbeing, specifically kite flying. Suraiya has founded a global movement for peace, named Kites for Peace, where children attend kite making workshops and fly kites to learn how to manage their mental wellbeing through joyful activities. It includes aspects of environmental awareness and various societal issues, with the importance of kindness always at the forefront. She has represented her country in International Kite festivals.

Suraiya also leads a charity network of 150 charitable organisations, called the Zimbabwe Cares Network, promoting charity and volunteering as a means to find inner peace. She does cake decorating and photography as hobbies.

Suraiya’s Role Model is Imtiaz Sooliman founder of Gift of the Givers International. His leadership and selfless persona encourages others to also be selfless and give whenever there are global disasters. His humility, courage, resilience and determination are values to aspire to.