Lessons of Resilience from Childhood
March 2013

“Lessons of Resilience from Childhood,” Liahona, March 2013, 12

Lessons of Resilience from Childhood

—Lyle J. Burrup

When I was a child, many adults in my life—parents, neighbors, teachers, and Church leaders—taught me and my brother and sisters the following lessons. These five principles may be helpful for your children:

  1. Paying the price for privileges.

    I knew that freedom to play with my friends in the coming days depended on whether or not I came home on time.

  2. The law of the harvest.

    If I wanted money, I had to deliver the newspapers for my route and collect the money each month.

  3. Personal accountability and responsibility.

    I had to complete my own homework, science fair projects, and merit badges.

  4. The law of restitution.

    I could make up for misbehavior by apologizing and repairing the wrong. My parents sometimes suggested that I complete extra chores, such as pulling weeds.

  5. Learning from mistakes.

    If I made my bed poorly, did not wash the dishes properly, or did not pull weeds properly, I had to redo these tasks correctly.