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100+ Ways to Help Kids Learn Grit, Determination, and Resilience

Find media that empowers your kids to be the best they can be.

All parents want to raise kids with character. Qualities such as kindness, courage, and willpower can help set a foundation that serves kids their whole lives through. But did you know that media can help cultivate a character-rich kid -- and parents can play a big role in maximizing the benefits?

Talk to your kids about the positive messages in the movies and TV shows they like, ask questions about the characters and story lines of their favorite games, and watch or play alongside them. This helps develop important media-literacy skills, too, which can counteract -- and build resilience around -- any negative messages.

Check out our favorite media picks to help kids learn grit, determination, and resilience.

Top tools for toughness

TV Shows and Movies That Celebrate Grit
Inspire kids to pursue their dreams, even when things get tough.

Great Games for Can-Do Girls
Empower your daughters -- and sons -- with positive media.

Survival TV
​Exciting adventures can teach kids to stay strong while they learn a tip or two.

Resolute role models for boys and girls

Movies with Inspiring Teachers
Celebrate the amazing people who challenge, motivate, and inspire our kids.

Books with Strong Female Characters
You can't lose with compelling stories and characters who don't quit.

Movies with Incredible Role Models for Boys
These movie men show what it really takes to triumph and persevere.

Picks for persistence and patience

Books with Characters Who Have Physical or Learning Difficulties
Stories about facing and overcoming challenges are inspiring to all.

Books About the Struggle for Social Justice
Historical and moving accounts about people rising up and demanding change.

Apps and Sites with Lots of Problem Solving
Encourage kids to brainstorm and explore different solutions.

Help kids focus and find their purpose

Games for Improving Memory and Concentration
Fun ways to give your brain a boost.

Reference and Research Apps and Sites
Arm yourself with online resources to hone knowledge.

Top Time-Management Apps
Easy-to-use timer tools and organizers will keep kids on their toes.

Angela Zimmerman
As manager of editorial partnerships, Angela is responsible for packaging and distributing articles and reviews to Common Sense's many content partners, helping people far and wide access advice and information around tech, entertainment, parenting, and everything in between. Angela's background is in music journalism and digital media. Prior to Common Sense, she was the editor-in-chief of the digital incarnation of Crawdaddy! Magazine, the first magazine of rock journalism in the US, and worked as a writer, editor, music researcher, and product supervisor for Wolfgang's Vault, a massive multimedia archive of music and rock memorabilia. When she's not watching episodes of Freaks and Geeks or Homeland, Angela is enjoying live music or happily outdoors in nature. Though she's an East Coaster at heart, born and raised, she currently lives in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Google+